A Tamworth woman has embarked on the final stage of becoming a better rural and regional leader, heading to Indonesia for the last leg of an 18 month journey.
Edwina Sharrock was born and bred in Tamworth, and is on a mission to keep improving the community she loves through the health and well being of its residents.
For the past 18 months, and following a lengthy and intense application process the career nurse and midwife, who also owns Birth Beat, has been involved in an Australian Rural Leadership Foundation program.
Last Wednesday Mrs Sharrock flew out to Indonesia to put the finishing touches on the course.
The 32 strong group will spend four days in Jakarta, visiting the Australian Embassy, universities and meeting officials and leaders, before the group splits up, with Mrs Sharrock heading to some remote villages to study their health and social leadership strategies.
“I am very passionate about healthy communities, and focused on getting young people to stay in rural and regional communities,” Mrs Sharrock said.
“In some communities there is a lack of access, lack of equality and lack of healthcare - If you don’t have those things then you don’t have a real community.”
At the completion of the course, Mrs Sharrock, along with fellow ARLF members Todd Newton and Annabel Sides from Inverell, and Moree’s Angela Doering to form the New England North West Rural Leadership Group to continue to “strengthen rural and regional communities.”