Scholarships available for country students

Students studying a range of health courses in rural and regional South Australia are encouraged to apply for scholarships worth up to $20,000 as part of the Country Health SA Undergraduate Scholarship Program.

Country Health SA (CHSA) Acting Chief Executive Officer, Rebecca Graham, urged Year 12 students and new and continuing university students who reside in regional areas to apply.

“Students who demonstrate a strong commitment to continue their future professional practice in regional areas have the opportunity to be awarded 5,000 per year for up to four years of study,” Ms Graham said.

“Once they’ve graduated, students will be required to work in a country health service for a length of time equivalent to the number of years they received funding, providing job security for graduates.

“The great news for rural communities is that once graduates have spent several years working in rural health services, they usually choose to remain working in the country, which is fantastic.”

CHSA Executive Director of People and Culture, Patrick Smith, said Health Advisory Councils would provide the selection panel with valuable local knowledge to assist with the decision-making process.

“Scholarship recipients will be selected to fill areas of need as determined by representatives from Aboriginal Health, Allied Health, Nursing, Mental Health, People and Culture, and Health Advisory Councils,” Mr Smith said.

“Areas of need in country SA include speech pathology, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, podiatry, and nursing.

“Students are the future of our health system and it is essential that we offer the support required to complete their studies while continuing to provide a high level of care to our regional communities.”

Applications for the Country Health SA undergraduate scholarships will close on Wednesday, 19 September 2018.

Successful applicants will be notified in January 2019.

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