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Emma Hobley (Bushell, 2000)

After graduating from Penrhos in 2000 and completing her degree in Medical Science at Curtin University, former boarding student Emma still had strong country ties. She worked in regional hospitals in Collie, Cairns and Katanning before joining the team who opened WA’s first regional COVID-19 clinic at Bunbury Hospital.

The associated risks of working with COVID-19 patients and samples meant scientists and lab technicians worked in ‘closed lab’ conditions, so teams did not overlap; this meant longer shifts in isolation, to minimise any risk of transmission. The clinic recently received its own compact Polymerise Chain Reaction (PCR) machine which means urgent tests can now be conducted on-site and results delivered within an hour.