Health promoter wins Parsons scholarship

Last updated 05:00 22/11/2012

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A Taranaki health promoter has been awarded one of five inaugural scholarships in memory of Dr Alan Parsons.

The scholarship award is for a foundation certificate in injury prevention. Taranaki DHB health promoter Rebecca Thacker received the prize this week. Dr Parsons died in 2010 and the Injury Prevention Network of Aotearoa New Zealand, a committee he helped found, announced it would establish scholarships in his memory.

The scholarships reflect Dr Parsons' commitment to child safety and are expected to provide new practitioners with the best start to understanding the injury prevention field.

Taranaki DHB supporting communities manager Brenda Archer said it was fitting Ms Thacker received the award, given all the work Dr Parsons did in the region.

"We are very proud that Rebecca has received the scholarship as she will be working to support the great work that Alan began with the Kidsafe Taranaki Trust," Ms Archer said.

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