Six undergraduate health scholarships open to regional SA students

APPLY: Six undergraduate scholarships open to regional SA students who study health professions. Photo: Shutterstock
APPLY: Six undergraduate scholarships open to regional SA students who study health professions. Photo: Shutterstock

Students studying a range of health courses in country SA are being encouraged to apply for scholarships worth up to $20,000.

The latest initiative forms part of the SA Health' 2021 Rural Health Undergraduate Scholarship program.

Largely, it seeks to have students working in rural and regional areas of SA and in turn prosper these settings in the long-term.

SA Health's Rural Support Service executive director Debbie Martin said six undergraduate scholarships. will be available to students who demonstrate a strong commitment to continue their future professional practice in regional areas.

"We encourage all year 12 students and new and continuing university students who reside in regional areas to apply for the scholarship," Ms Martin said.

"Scholarship recipients are awarded $5000 per year for up to four years of their study to help support them while learning."

Successful recipients will be required to work in regional health service settings once graduated, equivalent to the number of years they received funding.

This opportunity is an important way to encourage students to work in regional areas and in turn grow and support our regional workforce for the future.

SA Health's Rural Support Service executive director Debbie Martin

"This opportunity is an important way to encourage students to work in regional areas and in turn grow and support our regional workforce for the future," she said.

"Students have an important role to play in health care in regional areas and are the future of our health system, which is why it is important for us to provide the support they need to study and live in a regional area.

"This scholarship is another way to help attract and retain the rural health workforce we need for the future."

A selection panel comprising representatives from Nursing and Midwifery, Allied Health, Mental Health and Aboriginal Health will assess each application with valuable local knowledge to assist with the decision-making process.

The successful applicants will be selected based on workforce need as determined by the six regional Local Health Networks which can include areas of study in health professions such as dietetics, nursing, midwifery, occupational therapy and physiotherapy.

Applications for the 2021 Undergraduate Scholarships Program closes on February 28.

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