BEING a recipient of the Australian Leadership Award scholarship and to be selected out of the 100 applicants from Fiji was something that 53-year-old Haemarie Taito did not expect this year.
Ms Taito was among the seven recipients who received her air tickets from the Australian High Commission on Tuesday.
A nurse by profession, Ms Taito said she was honoured to be chosen out of 100 applicants who had applied for the scholarship.
She said her future plan was to help in the development of the nursing system in Fiji upon her return home because a lot of issues had been raised in the past on the quality of services provided to the people by nurses.
"I have been a nurse since I was 20 years old and I have gained a lot of experience working with people who seek medical help," she said.
"We can develop the nursing system in the country but it depends on how people can push to achieve the highest standard.
"Fiji's nursing system can develop more through international scholarships and we as recipients hope to contribute in our different fields when we return to Fiji."
Ms Taito said she was offered a scholarship for this year but because of work-related issues she could not apply.