GENEROUS community donations totalling $1.25 million to the Peel Health Foundation will be donated to Curtin University to help fund student scholarships, develop a Mandurah health hub for youth with mental health issues and build the Peel Regional Clinical School.
Under an agreement initiated and signed by Peel Health Foundation Ltd and Curtin University, $1 million will be put into the Foundation Endowment Fund with the interest used to fund up to eight individual student scholarships worth $6000 each from 2018 to 2020.
From 2020, the funding will be used for construction of the Peel Regional Clinical School, which will host clinical placements for Curtin’s medical, nursing and allied health students, subject to the appropriate approvals from relevant agencies.
Another $250,000 will help develop the Peel Health Hub, an initiative of GP Down South which aims to provide support for young people with mental health issues.
Curtin University vice-chancellor Deborah Terry said the donation would make a real difference to the health services available to the Peel community and opportunities available for Peel students seeking access to a university education.
Professor Terry said the Peel Region Student Scholarship would be open to students who had shown a demonstrated commitment to the Peel region and were enrolled in a Curtin University medical or health-related undergraduate or post-graduate degree.
“These scholarships will help support Peel students through their university studies by funding educational costs,’’ she said.
Peel Health Foundation board chair Ann Fletcher said the donation could not have been possible without the support of the community.
“Everyone involved at Peel Health Foundation, including current and former directors, have been committed to leaving a substantial legacy in health for the people of the Peel Region,’’ she said.
The feasibility study for development of the Peel Regional Clinical School was partially funded by the Peel Health Foundation and Peel Development Commission through the State Government’s Royalty for Regions program.