Rural Pharmacy Scholarship applications open

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The Guild is inviting students from rural and remote locations who are studying pharmacy or are intending to study pharmacy to apply for the Rural Pharmacy Scholarships for 2017.

These scholarship schemes are supported by the Australian Government and the Pharmacy Guild of Australia in recognition of the key role that pharmacists play in maintaining the health of all Australians. The programs are funded by the Australian Government Department of Health.

The Rural Pharmacy Scholarship Scheme provides financial support aimed to encourage and enable students from rural and remote communities to study undergraduate or graduate pharmacy. Up to 30 fulltime scholarships are available annually – each valued at $10,000 a year over a four year period. Applications for scholarships opened on Monday 24 October 2016 and close 15 January 2017.

Eligible courses are those leading directly towards registration as a pharmacist, and scholarship recipients are encouraged to seek experience and employment in rural and remote areas during study and following graduation.

Applicants may be in any year of undergraduate or postgraduate study and may reapply if they have been unsuccessful in the past.

Applications for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Pharmacy Scholarship Scheme can be made at any time throughout the year. This scheme aims to encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to study pharmacy at university.

Three full-time scholarships are available annually, each valued at $15,000 per year for a four year period.

“I am delighted that these scholarships offer substantial support to rural and remote pharmacy students, and particularly to  Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. It is a great initiative that helps students achieve their goals, and provides much needed support for community pharmacy in rural and remote areas,” National President of the Guild, George Tambassis, says.

“Community pharmacy is a vital service in rural and remote Australia, and we want to keep it strong and support the workforce so that essential pharmacy services continue to be available wherever they are needed.”

Applications can be made via the Rural Support Programs section on

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