Commonwealth Indigenous Scholarship Programs

The Commonwealth Health and Workforce Indigenous Scholarship Program

The Commonwealth Health and Workforce Indigenous Scholarship Program aims to increase Aboriginal and Torres Strait lslander participation in the health workforce and improve access to culturally appropriate health services.

Puggy Hunter Memorial Scholarship Scheme

The Puggy Hunter Memorial Scholarship Scheme is designed to encourage and assist undergraduate students in health-related disciplines to complete their studies and join the health workforce.

The scheme provides scholarships for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people studying an entry level health course.

Applications open 1 October 2020 and close on 8 November 2020 for studies in 2021. For further information refer to the Indigenous health scholarships page on the Australian College of Nursing website.

Indigenous Health Scholarships

Australian Rotary Health administer these scholarships on behalf of the Australian Government, providing a one off grant valued at $5,000 to assist students with their day to day expenses and provide mentoring support while they undertake a course in a wide range of health related professions. For further information refer to the Australian Rotary Health website.

Nursing Scholarships

The Australian College of Nursing are currently offering nursing scholarship opportunities for study in 2021 for the following nursing streams:

  • Nursing and Midwifery Scholarships aimed to grow the health workforce, promote access to tertiary education and improve the professional knowledge of the nursing and midwifery professions. Up to $15,000 is available per year for full time study, with preference given to applicants who identify as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander background.
  • Aged Care Nursing Scholarships seek to increase the knowledge and skills of nurses working in aged care facilities in Australia and support the aged care sector thorough the funding of training, workforce development and specialist workforce activities, including courses related to leadership and management. Up to $15,000 is available per year for full time study with preference given to applicants who identify as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander background.

Applications close on 25 October 2020 and further information is available on the Australian College of Nursing website.

Posted 20 October 2020