Flying start for rural health students

Kara and Ella are the winners of the inaugural Give Them Wings scholarships, offered by the Royal Flying Doctor Service Victoria in partnership with Rural Health Workforce.

The scholarships, worth $2,500 each, are designed to encourage the next generation of nursing and allied health professionals from rural communities.

Kara, from Kyabram, is studying physiotherapy at the Bendigo campus of La Trobe University. She intends to work in the country once she graduates, specialising in rehabilitation.

Ella is from Panmure, a small dairy community in south-west Victoria.  She plans to combine nursing and farming after finishing her degree at Deakin University in Warrnambool.

“We’re delighted to support two highly motivated young women,” says RFDS Victoria CEO, Scott Chapman. “They are very clear about using their skills to care for country people once they’ve completed their studies.”

The CEO of Rural Health Workforce, Greg Sam, says Kara and Ella symbolise the future of rural health. “They are great role models for other country students considering a health career,” he says. “We need more people like them in order to meet the health needs of rural communities.”

Mr Sam says RHW is pleased to partner with RFDS to benefit rural communities.

As part of their Give Them Wings scholarships, Kara and Ella will each receive a Royal Flying Doctor experience as well as cash payments to help them cover the costs of first year university.

Give Them Wings is generously supported by the volunteer fundraising activities of the Victorian Bayside Auxiliary of the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

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Media inquiries:

Tony Wells, Rural Health Workforce Communications Manager, 0417 627 916

Geoff Fraser, RFDS-Victoria Communications Manager, 0407 360 256

About Rural Health Workforce

Rural Health Workforce (RHW) is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to making healthcare more accessible in rural and remote Australia. It is the national peak body for the state and territory Rural Workforce Agencies which attract, recruit and support health professionals in rural and remote communities. RHW also supports the National Rural Health Students Network, which represents Australia’s 29 university Rural Health Clubs.

About the Royal Flying Doctor Service – Victoria

The not-for-profit Royal Flying Doctor Service has been taking the finest care to the furthest corners of Australia since 1928. The service provides 24-hour emergency cover to 80% of the Australian continent, via a modern fleet of specially equipped aircraft. Within Victoria, the RFDS delivers air and road patient transport and rural health programs.