Scholarship Details

The Dr Susan Lim Endowment for Education and Research Ltd provides funding for two scholarships to be awarded to students enrolled in an undergraduate Medical degree at the University of Newcastle who are in their 2nd, 3rd, 4th or 5th year of studies. The scholarship intents to support medical students who are experiencing one or more areas of education disadvantage and to enable the students to complete their studies.

Dr Susan Lim is a world class clinical transplant surgeon with many accolades attributed to her long standing surgical career. A Colombo Plan Scholar, Dr Lim studied medicine at Monash University and graduated with first class honours in 1979. She was awarded the G.B. Ong Gold Medal in General Surgery (1984) by the Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh, and the Gulbenkian Scholarship, Churchill College to undertake a PhD in Transplantation Immunology at the University of Cambridge, UK in 1985.

She holds Fellowships at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, the American College of Surgeons, is a Fellow at Trinity College, University of Melbourne, and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate at the University of Newcastle.

After the 2005 Bali Bombing, a Newcastle Lawyer and city leader Mr Paul Anicich and his wife were airlifted to Singapore for treatment and Dr Lim was the principal physician presiding over their care and recovery.

A strong connection to Newcastle

In recognition of her long and prestigious career in transplantation, General & Robotic surgery, and also this strong support and care for one of Newcastle¿s own city leaders, the University of Newcastle awarded Dr Lim an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Medicine in 2007. Thus began deep and meaningful links with the Anicich family and the University of Newcastle.

Dr Lim is noted for her leadership and work in the global advancement of medicine and the support of medical research and students. This scholarship, established in her name by her husband Mr Deepak Sharma honours Dr Lim and acknowledges their strong relationship with the University of Newcastle, its globally recognised medical program and its work in equity, access and the advancement of excellence in education for all.

Scholarship Eligibility

Applicable to: Continuing B Medicine, International, Domestic, financial disadvantage.

To be eligible to apply for this scholarship you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be enrolled in 2nd, 3rd, 4th or 5th year of the B Medicine program with the University of Newcastle.
  • Be enrolled full-time (minimum 30 units).
  • Demonstrate that the ability to study is affected, or will be affected, by financial hardship or other educational disadvantage.
  • Not hold a previous undergraduate degree.
  • Not be the recipient of another UON Donor funded or sponsored scholarship concurrently.

Historical Perspectives

'The Honoary Degree of Doctor of Medicine (honoris causa), 17th December 2007'

PAUL ANICICH’s  Dinner Speech on the occasion of the celebration of Dr Susan Lim’s installation as Honorary Doctorate, University of Newcastle, 16 NOVEMBER 2007

Excerpts from the speech -

" Peny, being unable to join me, I have belatedly bowed to female persuasion, that of my wife, Peny, and my longtime P.A, Susan Edmonds, not to travel to Singapore, unaccompanied,on this auspicious occasion. That being so, I have entrusted another female friend to deliver, for me,  words of gratitude to Susan Lim  (and her Team of special specialists ) at one of the world's most highly regarded hospitals, Mt Elizabeth, for the life I continue to enjoy today.

I have been spared hospital treatment, throughout my life, prior to my meeting with the Susan Lim Team, following the Bali bombing, on 1 October 2005.

I find it difficult to imagine, treatment , for a person in my condition, at any other world hospital, could approach that given me in Mt Elizabeth, something confirmed to me by a leading Australian Neurologist.

I refer not only to hospital treatment, as I have imagined it, for the seriously ill, in the strict sense.

…. Because these experiences are regarded by me as  examples of Susan's special care,  at Mt Elizabeth, in addition to what  one might expect to experience in a hospital, and all of which have significantly contributed to the recovery path I have travelled, with others, since my return to Australia.

I am deeply grateful, as is Peny, also a post Bali patient, beautifully looked after by Susan, a world acclaimed medical practitioner, being deservedly awarded today an Honorary Doctorate of Medicine by the University of Newcastle, one of the world's other great cities.

I am truly proud of Susan, whom I fortunately count as a friend."


Dr Susan Lim Mentioned in Commonwealth of Australia - Parliamentary Debates, House of Representatives Official Hansard No, 17, 10th October 2005


Quote... Help to wounded Australian in the hours immediately following the bombing... Swift evacuation of wounded and stranded people to various hospital...Australia can be very proud of them all... They also thank the doctors and staff of international SOS who evacuated severely wounded people to Singapore... Mount Elizabeth Hospital Singapore particularly Dr Susan Lim.

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