Alumni Diana Murray receives PhD at 71

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Dr Diana Murray (nee Cox), who graduated from Korowa in 1964, was conferred a PhD by Monash University for completing her study into mental health in mid-2018.

Diana received her PhD at the age of 71 - a real lifelong learner! "I hope this news may help those who are thinking about furthering their education, but are experiencing doubts. Just do it!" 

Diana has always had an interest in mental health. Her research thesis on bipolar disease provides further insight into the difficulties of disagnosis and management of the disorder, and specifically looked at the effects upon the lives of those with the condition. This is important research and Korowa congratulates Diana on her hard work. 

The process of completing her PhD thesis was a long one which required a lot of self-motivation, but Diana is full of praise for the opportunity to undertake further education, no matter your age. "Studying a PhD embraces many aspects of study and collegiate engagement, and it's designed to enhance self-development," she says. "Further education, therefore, is never wasted, even when considering the age it is undertaken, but has many benefits for both critical thinking and community interrelationships."

Diana completed her BA (Hons) in Sociology at Monash University in 2010. As a full time PhD student Diana joined the Department of General Practice. Diana presented at the TASA (The Australian Sociological Association) Conference in 2010 and 2013 and completed her thesis in mid-2018.