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New scholarship for rural allied health students.



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Media Release 8 November 2005

NEW SCHOLARSHIPS FOR RURAL ALLIED HEALTH STUDENTS The Nationals Member for Riverina Kay Hull today urged anyone wanting to start their first degree in an allied health discipline to consider applying for a new Commonwealth Government scholarship.

Mrs Hull said under the new Rural Allied Health Undergraduate Scholarships Scheme, the Commonwealth Government will provide funding of $4 million over three years for students studying courses such as dentistry, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech pathology.

“Each of these scholarships will be worth $10,000 for each year of the degree. This will help meet the added costs for rural students studying away from home,” Mrs Hull said.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for students throughout the Riverina. Assistance of $10,000 a year for the duration of the degree will assist many local students realise their ambition of studying health.

“We have seen evidence of students studying here in the region, for example with allied health courses at Charles Sturt University, and pursuing employment opportunities here on completion of their degree.

“By supporting students from a rural background, this scheme will help to improve future recruitment and retention of allied health professionals in rural and remote areas.

“I urge anyone considering studying one of the listed allied health disciplines as a first degree to seriously consider the options available under this scheme.”

Mrs Hull said funding will provide for 65 scholarships in the first year, increasing to more than 180 by the third year.

Further information is available at www.health.gov.au/internet/wcms/publishing.nsf/Content/ruralhealth-scholarships-index.htm

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For further information contact Katie Brunskill on 02 6921 4600 or 0428 214 600.