Alumni win prestigious University of Tasmania awards for outstanding achievements in their careers and significant contribution to the community.
Two Northern Tasmanians dedicated to improving health outcomes and creating a sustainable world have won University of Tasmania awards.
Distinguished radiation oncologist Dr Stan Gauden received the 2019 Northern Alumni Award for Excellence for outstanding contribution to healthcare. Dr Gauden (BSc 1981, MBBS 1986) has been at the forefront of cancer services in the North and North West of Tasmania for more than two decades. The Director of the Northern Cancer Service has been a pioneer of new treatments and raised funds for technology, equipment, clinical trials and refurbishments.
“It is a privilege to receive this award; the University nurtured me through the initial years, and it laid the foundation for one to develop one’s talents,” Dr Gauden said.
“I have been very lucky to work alongside staff who always give 100 per cent and we have had a community that has helped us grow and develop.”
Dr Gauden returned to Tasmania in the mid-1990s, for what he thought would be a year or two.
“I’m still here 25 years later, proud to be part of a team that has created a comprehensive integrated cancer service across the North and North West, delivering state of the art treatment to the regional population we serve.”
He said one of the benefits of working in a regional area was knowing the stories of most of the people in the waiting room.
“I wish to thank our patients and their families for teaching us continually to navigate life’s journey with dignity and serenity.”
Eco-tourism entrepreneur Tara Howell (BBus 2012) received the 2019 Northern Young Alumni Achievement Award for her success and ability to inspire others. After graduating Tara founded her own marketing consultancy, before joining forces with S.Group as a partner. She is driven by a desire to create a more sustainable world and promote Tasmania as a unique world-class tourism destination.
Tara established Blue Derby Pods Ride, a luxury adventure mountain biking experience where guests stay in the temperate rainforest of North East Tasmania. This year, she co-founded Change Overnight, a 31-bed hotel where guests can ‘give back’ to nominated charities during their stay.
“I am both humbled and surprised to be the recipient of this award,” Tara said.
“At the stage of my life when I had the opportunity to study at university or not, most of my peers were choosing to study on the mainland, I could easily have made that choice, but I loved Tasmania. On reflection, this was one of the best decisions of my life.”
She said people often asked her if she was worried about the high stakes of doing business.
“I know that while I could lose every dollar to my name, I will never ever lose my education and for that I am forever in debt to UTAS.”