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AMA Indigenous Peoples Medical Scholarship 2015

Applications are invited for the AMA Indigenous Peoples Medical Scholarship 2015.

The Scholarship is open to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who are currently studying medicine, with the4 successful applicant receiving $10,000 year for the duration of their course.

AMA President Associate Professor Brian Owler said training more Indigenous doctors and health professionals was an important part of closing the health and life expectancy gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and the rest of the community.

“The AMA Scholarship aims to help increase the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the medical workforce,” A/Professor Owler said. “Previous AMA Scholarship recipients have graduated to work in Indigenous and mainstream health services, and some have spent time providing care in their own communities.”

Since 1994, the Scholarship has assisted more than 20 Indigenous men and women to become doctors – many of whom would not otherwise not have had the money needed to study medicine.

“Increasing the number of Indigenous doctors and health workers improves access to culturally appropriate health care and services, and ensures medical services respond properly to the unique needs of Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islanders,” A/Professor Owler said.

Applications for the Scholarship must be received by 30 January, 2015.

To be eligible, applicants must be currently enrolled at an Australian medical school, be in at least their first year of medicine, and be of Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander background.  

For more information, including how to apply, visit: ama-indigenous-peoples-medical-scholarship-2015