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New scholarship scheme for rural allied health students.



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David Hawker MP Federal Member for Wannon Electorate Office: 190 Gray Street, Hamilton, Vic., 3300 Ph: (03) 5572 1100 or Local Call 1300 131 692 Fax: (03) 55 72 1141 Email: David.Hawker.MP@aph.gov.au Web: www.davidhawker.com.au

Media Release The Hon David Hawker MP Speaker of the House of Representatives Federal Member for Wannon

8 November 2005

NEW SCHOLARSHIP SCHEME FOR RURAL ALLIED HEALTH STUDENTS

A new Commonwealth Government scholarship scheme will make it easier for rural students to study an allied health degree, according to Member for Wannon, David Hawker.

“Funding of $30,000 over three years will be available to rural students under the new Rural Allied Health Undergraduate Scholarships Scheme,” Mr Hawker said.

“This will cover courses such as dentistry, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech pathology.

“The scholarships will help meet the added costs for rural students of studying away from home. Funding will provide for 65 scholarships in the first year, rising to more than 180 by the third year,” he said.

“The scholarships will be introduced from the 2006 academic year.”

Mr Hawker said that there is evidence that rural students are more likely to seek and maintain employment in a rural area after completing their studies. 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.

“The new scheme complements existing undergraduate scholarship schemes that assist students from a rural background to study medicine, nursing and pharmacy.

“I encourage anyone considering studying one of the listed allied health disciplines as a first degree to look into this scholarship,” he said.

More information can be obtained from Mr Hawker’s electorate office on (03) 5572 1100 of from: www.health.gov.au/internet/wcms/publishing.nsf/Content/ruralhealth-scholarships-index.htm

Media contact: Jane Templeton (02) 6277 4006