UP TO $15,000 ON OFFER TO BOOST ABORIGINAL NURSING AND MIDWIFERY

Tuesday, 19 December 2017

ABORIGINAL people seeking to become a nurse or midwife have scholarships of up to $15,000 on offer to help their studies, Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall has said.

The local MP said the Aboriginal Nursing and Midwifery Scholarship was now open – aiming to boost the intake of indigenous people moving into the highly sought after role.

“Students can apply for up to $1000 per subject on Bachelor of Nursing or Midwifery degree, with $15,000 on offer for those starting postgraduate studies,” Mr Marshall said.

“With textbooks, equipment and potential relocation – making the decision to pursue higher education can be prohibitively expensive for many.

“This scholarship will make it much easier for Aboriginal people to choose this career path, helping members of the indigenous and broader community make the most of a beautiful time in their life.

“These positions are extremely valuable to the community – and I’d like aspiring students with an Indigenous background to seize this incredible opportunity.”

Applications have also opened for the NSW Aboriginal Nursing and Midwifery Cadetship, which offers the opportunity to study an undergraduate nursing or midwifery degree in 2018, and receive mentoring and additional clinical support.

The NSW Aboriginal Nursing and Midwifery Cadetship Program offers:
• A $600 per fortnight study allowance
• A $500 per semester book allowance
• Up to 12 weeks paid employment in your local health facility
• Support from an Aboriginal mentor, cadet coordinator and additional clinical support
• Ongoing employment upon successful completion of your studies and the program.

Applications for the cadetship program close on 19 January 2018 and applications for the scholarship close on 16 February 2018. Applicants must live in NSW.

To apply, visit www.health.nsw.gov.au/aboriginal-scholarships and http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/aboriginal-cadetships or call 1800 155 325 or email aboriginalnursing@doh.health.nsw.gov.au

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