Student wins Flying Doctor scholarship

Bendigo Campus Physiotherapy student Kurt Murphy is one of four winners of this year's Give Them Wings scholarships, provided by the Royal Flying Doctor Service Victoria in partnership with Rural Health Workforce Australia.

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

Kurt Murphy

Kurt will receive a Royal Flying Doctor experience as well as cash payments to help him cover the costs of first year university.

RFDS Victoria Chief Executive Scott Chapman said it was important to encourage young health professionals to consider living and working in country areas.

'The Flying Doctors understand how crucial it is for rural communities to have access to quality medical services,' he said.

Rural Health Workforce Australia CEO, Greg Mundy, congratulated the scholarship winners, saying they were fine role models for other country students interested in health careers.

'They are impressive young people who represent the future of rural health,' he said.

'We're delighted to hear they all intend to return to the country once they graduate - because that's where their skills will be needed.'

The Give Them Wings scholarship program is generously supported by the volunteer fundraising activities of the Bayside Auxiliary of the Royal Flying Doctor Service Victoria. The auxiliary has raised more than $235,000 for the RFDS.

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