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Local student wins study scholarship.

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24 March 2006 LOCAL STUDENT WINS STUDY SCHOLARSHIP The Nationals Member for Riverina Kay Hull today announced Junee’s Grant Buckley will be aided by Australian Government’s Puggy Hunter Memorial Scholarship to assist with his studies in medical imaging at Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga. Mrs Hull said the scholarships, each worth up to $15,000 a year for each year of study, were introduced by the Howard Government in 2002 to increase the number of Indigenous health professionals. “I would like to congratulate Grant for his successful application. The government awarded 74 scholarships to students across Australia,” Mrs Hull said. “The students can feel particularly proud because this year a record number of applications was received.” The scholarships are named after the late Dr Arnold ‘Puggy’ Hunter in recognition of his commitment and dedication to improving the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia. Mrs Hull said the scholarships assist Indigenous people to study in health fields such as medicine, nursing, allied health, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health work. The scheme is open to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people wanting to study at an Australian tertiary or vocational education and training institution. “Many of the scholarship recipients come from non-urban areas, and it is hoped that in the future they will join the health workforce delivering services to people living in rural and remote regions of Australia,” Mrs Hull said. “It is important that Indigenous people are given the opportunity to study and gain health qualifications, enabling them to contribute to improved health for all Australians.” Mrs Hull said the scholarships are part of several measures introduced to help Indigenous Australians gain professional careers in the health sector. For further information contact Rosie Ellis on 02 6921 4600 or 0428 214 600.