Cowra’s allied health workers recognized | Cowra Guardian


Two familiar faces from the Cowra Health Service have been recognized for their efforts at the recent West New South Wales Local Health District Awards of Excellence in Allied Heath.

Danielle Allen won the Allied Health Researcher / Educator of the Year award while Beth Schofield received the Aboriginal Allied Health Professional of the Year award.

Ms Allen has completed extensive training in fine arts, psychology, secondary education and social work, and has spent over 20 years working as a social worker in the rural and metropolitan health services of New South Wales , including Cowra.

She has become a specialist in the field of violence, abuse and neglect, mainly domestic and family violence.

Due to Ms. Allen’s expert professional knowledge and her commitment to education in several agencies such as Native Medical Services, High Schools, Corrections and West Central Police Commands, she was recently invited to get involved with the NSW Women’s Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Service (WDVCAS) for a podcast series on domestic and family violence.

In October 2020, she was awarded one of 112 Churchill scholarships available across Australia.

The distinction of Mrs. Schofield, the Indigenous Paramedic Professional of the Year, demonstrates exceptional commitment, professional and compassionate care to all of their patients, families and community.

They are committed to improving and championing the culturally appropriate health care of Indigenous peoples and community, and the growth and development of the Indigenous workforce as a whole.

Mrs. Schofieldwas able to take on a number of roles within the local health district during this time, first as a physiotherapist in the Lachlan health department, senior physiotherapist, physiotherapy manager for the physiotherapy department of Cowra / Grenfell, and now working in a project role as a clinical training partner for the Physiotherapy Clinical School Pilot Project.

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