Applications for the AMA's 2016 Indigenous Peoples Medical Scholarship are now open!
Friday 20 November 2015
The Australian Medical Association (AMA) Indigenous Peoples' Medical Scholarship aims to help increase the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the medical workforce. The AMA recognises and supports the valuable contribution Indigenous health professionals and Aboriginal and Islander controlled health services can make to close the gap and improve the health of Indigenous people.
The Scholarship is open to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students who are currently enrolled in a medical degree and have successfully completed their first year of this degree. The scholarship will be awarded for the full course of study, and is valued at $10,000 per annum.
Ngaree Blow, 2013 AMA Indigenous People’s Scholarship recipient:
“I want to work with my community and other Indigenous communities because I am proud of my culture. I want to see changes in health outcomes to decrease the significant amount of grief and loss for my family and my community, and I want to see greater opportunities for my people in areas such as education. Having a healthier community means that there are a lot more opportunities for equality in all aspects of Australian life.”
Ngaree is in her final year of a Doctor of Medicine and Masters of Public Health intercalated degree (MD/MPH) at the University of Melbourne. She has recently returned from the 2015 Aurora Indigenous Scholars International Study Tour, which she attended as an Aurora-Katrina Dawson Scholar. Ngaree is interested in the Masters of Public Policy in the UK and is also considering PhD programs in the area of Indigenous and public health in the US.
Murray Harr was the AMA scholarship recipient in 2010, graduating from the University of New South Wales in 2014. He is currently undertaking an internship and residency at Albury Base Hospital which is the country of his father’s people, the Wiradjuri nation. Murray believes:
“For Indigenous patients and their families, especially where the patient is really sick, having a doctor who understands an Aboriginal perspective, understands culture and some of the circumstances of Aboriginal people, is really important.
“That connection really helps people in their treatment and ultimately improves their health outcomes.”
When asked what advice he would give to other Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students interested in studying medicine, he replied:
“Don’t listen to anyone who discourages you. There is plenty of support for you, from the university, from scholarships and from other Indigenous doctors. There is improvement in the state of Indigenous health, but the gap is still wide. It’s really important that we play our part in closing it.”
Applications for the AMA Indigenous Peoples’ Medical Scholarship 2016 are now open.
Applications close 31 January 2016.