9 May 2013
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Scholarships help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander pharmacy students
The Pharmacy Guild of Australia is pleased to announce the recipient of a scholarship under the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Pharmacy Scholarship Scheme (ATSIPSS).
This year one student was awarded the prestigious scholarship and will receive funding assistance during their time at university. Congratulations to Laura Rheinberger (University of Sydney).
Scholarship holders receive financial support each year for up to four years of study to help cover the cost associated with studying. They also participate in a mentoring program to establish ties within the pharmacy community.
“The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Pharmacy Scholarship Scheme encourages students to undertake studies in pharmacy at university,” the National President of the Pharmacy Guild, Kos Sclavos, said.
“Scholarship holders receive financial and mentoring support to ensure they get the most out of their university studies,” he said.
“The mentoring program not only helps the students develop a learning plan, but it provides support to students outside of the university environment. It’s an important tool for supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to undertake studies in pharmacy at university.”
The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Pharmacy Scholarship Scheme provides incentives for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to undertake training in pharmacy and is funded under the Fifth Community Pharmacy Agreement. It was established in recognition of the key role pharmacists play in providing improved, culturally appropriate pharmacy services to better meet the needs of their local Indigenous communities and patients, as well as maintaining the health of all Australians.
Two Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Pharmacy Scholarships are still available. The Rural and Indigenous Workforce team at the Pharmacy Guild of Australia are interested in talking with students who are thinking about or are currently studying their Bachelor or Master of Pharmacy and may wish to examine this great opportunity.
This Project is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing as part of the Fifth Community Pharmacy Agreement.
For media enquiries: Diana O’Neil or Greg Turnbull on 02 6270 1888.