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Helping hand for local medical student

A HIGH-ACHIEVING medical student from Cambridge has been named the recipient of the 2019 Nyrstar Hobart Smelter Grant.

Now in its second year, the grant is awarded annually to an immediate family member of a current or former Nyrstar employee who is in their third year of study at an Australian university.

Cody Felmingham, the son of work planner Ricky Felmingham, is a student in the University of Tasmania’s Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery and Bachelor of Dementia degrees and has achieved distinctions in his studies to date.

He is very interested in the field of environmental health, in addition to haemotology and cardiology.

“I’m interested in how the environment in which we work, live and play impacts on our health,” Mr Felmingham said.

“Medicine has applications in all workplaces, across both physical and mental health.

“With correct policy and oversight, workplace-level interventions can benefit individuals and the greater community.

“Eventually, I would like to be involved in the process of improving workplace safety at both an advisory and practical level.”

Mr Felmingham will use the grant to purchase textbooks and other equipment and to help with transport and living costs if he needs to move to another location in the last two years of his course.

Mr Felmingham follows in the footsteps of inaugural recipient Kyran Stanton.

Mr Stanton, the son of reliability officer Andrew Stanton, is studying a range of engineering, ICT and chemistry courses through the University of Tasmania.

Applications for the 2020 grant will open early in the new year and will be advertised on the Nyrstar Hobart website and Facebook page.

Caption: Nyrstar Hobart Study Grant recipient Cody Felmingham, pictured with his father Ricky Felmingham, left, and Nyrstar Hobart general manager Reinhardt Viljoen, right.