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Local student wins study scholarships.

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Federal Member for Mallee

Monday, 27 March 2006

Ashlea Smith, a local student from Cohuna is studying to become a health professional, aided by an Australian Government scholarship — the Puggy Hunter Memorial Scholarship, The Nationals Federal Member for Mallee, John Forrest said today. “Ashlea has been awarded a Government scholarship to study nursing and started her training in early March at LaTrobe University in Bendigo and from all indications is enjoying the experience so far,” Mr Forrest said. The scholarships, each worth up to $15,000 a year for each year of study, were introduced by the Federal Government in 2002 to increase the number of Indigenous health professionals. “I would like to congratulate Ashlea for her successful application. The Government awarded 74 scholarships to students across Australian. She can feel particularly proud because this year a record number of applications was received,” said Mr Forrest. 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. 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. This year’s scholarships include an additional 26 scholarships funded as part of the Healthy for Life Program announced by the government in the 2005-06 Budget. “Many of the scholarship recipients like Ashlea come from rural areas, and I hope that in the future Ashlea will join the health workforce delivering services to people living in our region,” Mr Forrest 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. The Puggy Hunter Scholarships are part of several measures introduced by the Government to help Indigenous Australians gain professional careers in the health sector,” Mr Forrest said. The details of awardees can be found at:

Local Student Wins Study Scholarships