Rural scholarships open

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Students from rural and remote locations who are studying pharmacy or are intending to study pharmacy are invited to apply for the Pharmacy Scholarship Scheme for 2019

Supported by the Australian Government Department of Health, applications for the scholarships worth up to $40,000 open on Monday, 5 November 2018 and close 25 January 2019.

The Rural Pharmacy Scholarship Scheme provides financial support to encourage and enable students from rural and remote communities to undertake undergraduate or graduate studies in pharmacy.

Up to 30 fulltime scholarships are available annually valued at $10,000 per annum over a four year period ($40,000 per student over a four-year period).

The course of study must lead directly to registration as a pharmacist, and scholarship recipients are encouraged to seek employment in rural and remote areas following graduation. Applicants may be in any year of undergraduate or postgraduate study.

Eligible students are also able to apply for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Pharmacy Scholarships. Applications for these scholarships 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 fulltime scholarships are available annually.

“These scholarships offer encouragement and support to rural and remote pharmacy students. The scholarships provide financial assistance and also support for would-be pharmacists to realise their ambition. It is a great initiative that helps students achieve their goals, and supports community pharmacy in rural and remote areas where the local pharmacy is a vital component of the health system,” the National President of the Guild, George Tambassis, said.

“Community pharmacy is the only part of the health sector that has grown in rural and regional Australia in recent times, and we want to keep it strong so that vital pharmacy services continue to be available wherever they are needed.”

Applications can be made via the website (under “Rural Support Programs” and “Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Specific Programs” respectively).

The above scholarships are part of the Rural Support Programs and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Specific Programs, established in recognition of the key role pharmacists play in maintaining the health of all Australians.

The programs are funded by the Australian Government Department of Health under the Sixth Community Pharmacy Agreement.

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