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11 May 2017
Above: Jo Adams, recipient of RDWA Resident Rural Spouse Grant
Jo Adams has spent 36 years as the spouse of a rural doctor in rural South Australia.
She knows a thing or two about living a rural life and the importance of establishing friendship groups.
Her passion for community, and in particular for helping rural women connect has merged with her love for patch-working and embroidery and Jo recently established a business, Barossa Patchwork.
“I’ve spent 36 years in rural South Australia, ten years in Millicent and 26 years in Angaston. Having brought up three children and supported my husband, David, I feel it’s time to follow my passion with fabric and teaching,” said Jo, whose husband Dr David Adams is a GP at Angaston Medical Centre.
Jo was recently awarded an RDWA Resident Rural GP Partner/Spouse Grant to help her set up a website which would enable people in other rural areas to access her products.
“I love teaching and have taught sewing for over 30 years and have helped many women in rural SA enjoy sewing correctly and using quality materials and designs,” said Jo.
“I am feeling positive that this business will work and will not only benefit myself, feeling fulfilled doing something I feel I am going to succeed in, but benefit women in my local area.
“As the business grows, it hopefully will have the potential to move classes out to other rural areas. I have already been responsible for establishing friendship groups in the country, enabling women to learn needlework and to support each other in rural environments,” she said.
“Work opportunities in some rural areas for Doctors’ spouses and partners can be difficult and it’s very encouraging to have grants such as this, to help and encourage spouses/partners.”
The RDWA established the Resident Rural GP Partner/Spouse Grant to provide partners/spouses of resident doctors in rural and remote SA with the opportunity to develop career or business opportunities, or to assist in study, professional or personal development. To find out more head to Resident Rural GP Partner/Spouse Grant, email us FamilyPrograms@ruraldoc.com.au or call 08 8234 8277.