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Last years winner, Tanaio Anau with her certificate. Image: supplied
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander medical students wishing to apply for House Call Doctor’s Futures in Health Indigenous Scholarship have been reminded only two weeks remain until applications close.
The application deadline was extended to 31 January for the $5,000 scholarship, which the winner can put towards academic costs in 2019.
Last year’s winner, Tanaio Anau, said the scholarship helped to ease the financial burden of studying, particularly from a remote community.
Ms Tanaio is from Boigu Island, just 6 kilometres from the mainland of Papua New Guinea but 145 kilometres from the closest medical facilities on Thursday Island.
“Studying on one of the most remote islands in Australia is very challenging,” Ms Tanaio said.
“I have to leave my place of employment for 10 weeks each year to meet the commitments of clinical placements and residential intensive courses.”
As a single mother of three, Tanaio aspired to become a midwife when she was unable to give birth in her local community.
“I found there was a lack of cultural sensitivity and Indigenous education held by the midwives,” she said.
“My long-term goal is to bring my midwifery skills and knowledge and invest back in to my community. I want to be a good role model and an inspiration to a lot of young women back home to help them better themselves through education.”
Indigenous health professionals account for 0.3 per cent of the national healthcare workforce, and House Call Doctor State Manager Keith Jennings said the scholarship program was created to further opportunities for indigenous students and to support quality healthcare in Australia.
“At House Call Doctor we recognise the contribution that medical professionals make in ensuring that Australians are happy and healthy, but we also know that there are too few
indigenous health professionals in the workforce and we want to help change that,” Mr Jennings
The scholarship is open to students who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander who are entering at least their second year of a medical/health degree at an Australian University.
For more information, and to apply, head to the House Call Doctor website
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