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Indigenous health scholarships on offer

Royal College of Nursing, Australia is proud to act as the fund administrator for this scholarship scheme funded through the Department of Health and Ageing.

The Scheme was established in recognition of Dr Arnold (‘Puggy’) Hunter’s significant contribution to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and in his previous role as Chair of the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO).

The aim of the Scheme is to help address the under-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in health professions and assist in increasing the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with professional health qualifications.

The scholarship provides financial assistance to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who are undertaking study or are intending to undertake study at an undergraduate or TAFE level in the areas of:

  • Aboriginal Health Worker
  • Allied Health (excluding pharmacy)
  • Dentistry/Oral Health
  • Health Service Management
  • Health Promotion/Education
  • Medicine
  • Mental Health
  • Midwifery
  • Nursing.

Applicants must identify as and be able to prove their Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander status.

To prove your status as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person, you must obtain confirmation in written form (“Proof of Aboriginality”) from an Indigenous Australian organisation within the community in which you live or have previously lived.

The Proof of Aboriginality must include:

  • The signatures of two office holders

Confirmation in writing from an incorporated body related to an academic institution will not be acceptable

Students undertaking a cadetship that incorporates a payment to the student for study and/or work are not eligible to receive a Puggy Hunter Memorial Scholarship Scheme scholarship place.

Scholarships will be awarded on the recommendation of a selection committee and will be based on the following criteria:

  • Community involvement and leadership
  • Commitment to Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander health
  • Commitment to improving Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander health in the future.

The Scheme offers students scholarships worth up to $7,500 per annum for part-time study and up to $15,000 per annum for full-time study for the usual term of the course.

For clarification of your eligibility under this scheme please contact us by on free call number 1800 688 628 or email: [email protected].

This scheme is now open. Applications must be received by Friday 22 August 2008.

[email protected]
Freecall – 1800 688 628


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