Scholarship, support and encouragement for Indigenous students studying health

Our first Indigenous Rural Health School Advisor, Uncle David ‘Tarnda’ Copley announces new $2,000 Indigenous Study Advancement Scholarship, to support Indigenous students to study in the health school.

We are delighted to welcome Kaurna Peramangk Elder, Uncle David ‘Tarnda’ Copely who recently joined La Trobe University as our first Indigenous Rural Health School Advisor.

David will be working across all our regional campuses, including Shepparton, to incorporate Indigenous health practices into courses and to encourage and support Indigenous students to study in the health school.

“It is about educating the community to say, hey it is possible, it isn’t out of your reach,” David said.

David recently announced a new $2,000 Indigenous Study Advancement Scholarship to support Indigenous students in the health school.

"I am very excited to announce that La Trobe Rural Health School (LRHS) is in a position to offer a number of these one off scholarships to LRHS Indigenous students from across all four campuses.

This scholarships is open to ALL Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students enrolled at the La Trobe Rural Health School (Bendigo, Shepparton, Mildura and Albury/Wodonga).

“The scholarship will help enhance their education and support them to progress to graduation,” he said, and stressed that there is more than one pathway that Indigenous students can follow.

“It’s about pathways,” he said. “We have to recognise that someone might only have only gone ‘til year 10 in school but may have other experiences – they need to find the pathway that works best for them.”

“I want to see more Aboriginal health professionals working back with our people.”

Closing date for applications: 5pm Friday 3rd September 2021.  

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