New scholarship to help fund Indigenous medical students’ university degrees

The St John of God Health Care $160,000 scholarship will financially assist four aboriginal students.
The St John of God Health Care $160,000 scholarship will financially assist four aboriginal students.

UNIVERSITY of Notre Dame indigenous medical students can apply for a scholarship that will part fund their degree and provide them with work experience at St John of God Subiaco Hospital.

The St John of God Health Care $160,000 scholarship will financially assist four aboriginal students with each recipient to receive $10,000 per year during their four-year degree.

Students will also undertake a residency at St John of God Subiaco Hospital during their third and fourth years and will rotate across the hospital’s wards and departments.

St John of God Subiaco Hospital chief executive Professor Shirley Bowen said she was pleased to make a positive contribution to the lives and professional careers of Aboriginal medical students.

“We hope the scholarships will encourage greater numbers of Aboriginal people to pursue a career in medicine and contribute to a more diverse health care system,” she said.

The scholarships are hoped to encourage greater numbers of Aboriginal people to pursue a career in medicine. Picture: iStock

Notre Dame Vice Chancellor and Head of Campus Selma Alliex said the School of Medicine appreciated the significant gesture of support for students.

“Nationwide to date only 427 Aboriginal students have graduated with a medical degree with a further 325 currently studying medicine,” Professor Alliex said.

“When you compare that number to the 3500 Aboriginal doctors required to reach population parity you begin to understand the challenges associated with Aboriginal health care.”