INDIGENOUS HEATLH SCHOLARSHIPS…. Was the focus of Australian Rotary Health (ARH) who gathered at Best Western Convention Centre in Attwood, celebrating Indigenous  students who have gained scholarships with ARH over the past 12 months.
Rotarians, and guests, listened to stories shared by those who were lucky enough to be recipients of these scholarships and what role Rotary played in supporting each through a tough time, including a worldwide pandemic. The object of this program is to provide a scholarship, which can be used to assist Indigenous students with their day to day expenses while they undertake a course in a wide range of health related professions. The scholarship is paid in addition to the Government Abstudy allowance.
    The purpose of the program is to assist students to gain an education for the benefit of other Indigenous people,- hopefully, but not necessarily, in some of the our remote areas.
       This program commenced with the intention of training doctors to work amongst other Indigenous people, but the scope of the scheme  was enlarged to permit the training, firstly of Nurses, and eventually any health related profession.
The value of each scholarship is $5000 per year. A Rotary Club contributes $2,500 per year and the State or Commonwealth also provides funding for the administration of the program within the Australian Rotary Health office. Since its inception this program has spread, and interested clubs and committees in each of the mainland states and in the N.T. are sponsoring students.
Ruth McCall, President of Rotary Preston, and GMan, General Manager of 3 KND Radio Station, attended this celebratory evening.