Puggy Hunter Memorial Scholarship Scheme for Undergraduate Students in Australia

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Puggy Hunter Memorial Scholarship Scheme for Undergraduate Students in Australia
Puggy Hunter Memorial Scholarship Scheme for Undergraduate Students in Australia

Short Detail of Puggy Hunter Memorial Scholarship Scheme:

schoolInstitute Name: Australian Government (Australian Universities).
map Country to Study in: Australia.
book Courses Offered:  Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander primary health care, Dentistry/oral health (excluding dental assistants), Mental health studies, Nursing (RN & EN), Midwifery, Medicine, and Allied health.
reading Degree Level: Undergraduate.
student Students Nationality: Australian students.
funding Scholarship Award: up to $7,500 per year.
calendar Last Date/Dead Line: December 2022.

Description of Scholarship:

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Puggy Hunter Memorial Scholarship Scheme announced by Australian Government (Australian Universities) for Australian students to study in Australia. The scholarship allows Undergraduate level programm(s) in the field(s) of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander primary health care, Dentistry/oral health (excluding dental assistants), Mental health studies, Nursing (RN & EN), Midwifery, Medicine, and Allied health taught at Australian Government (Australian Universities). The last date of applying for this scholarship is December 2022 and scholarship provide up to $7,500 per year to successful candidates.

The Australian Government (Australian Universities) provide a golden chance to Australian students to complete their studies in the field(s) of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander primary health care, Dentistry/oral health (excluding dental assistants), Mental health studies, Nursing (RN & EN), Midwifery, Medicine, and Allied health at Australia on scholarship.

Puggy Hunter Memorial Scholarship Scheme for Undergraduate Students in Australia: The Puggy Hunter Memorial Scholarship Scheme (PHMSS) is designed to encourage and assist undergraduate students in health-related disciplines to complete their studies and join the health workforce. The scheme provides scholarships for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people studying an entry-level health course.

The Australian Government established the Scheme as a tribute to the late Dr. Arnold ‘Puggy’ Hunter’s outstanding contribution to First Nations Australians’ health and his role as Chair of the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO). NACCHO News – special tribute edition provides an insight into Puggy and his tireless efforts to improve Aboriginal health.

Puggy Hunter Memorial Scholarship Scheme for Undergraduate Students in Australia
Puggy Hunter Memorial Scholarship Scheme for Undergraduate Students in Australia

Value of scholarship

Funding is provided for the normal duration of the course. Full-time scholarship awardees will receive up to $15,000 per year and part-time recipients will receive up to $7,500 per year. The funding is paid in 24 fortnightly installments throughout the study period of each year.

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Eligible Subjects

  • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander primary healthcare
  • Dentistry/oral health (excluding dental assistants)
  • Mental health studies
  • Nursing (RN & EN)
  • Midwifery
  • Medicine
  • Allied health (excluding pharmacy)

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Requirements Criteria for Scholarship:

Applications will be considered from applicants who are:

  • of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent
    Applicants must identify as and be able to confirm their Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander status.
  • enrolled or intending to enroll in an entry-level or graduate entry level health-related course
    Courses must be provided by an Australian registered training organization or university. Funding is not available for postgraduate study.
  • intending to study in the academic year that the scholarship is offered.

A significant number of applications are received each year; meeting the eligibility criteria will not guarantee applicants a scholarship offer.

Please note: You do not need to be currently enrolled in a course to complete a scholarship application, you simply need to be intending to enroll in semester one 2023, at any accredited course provider in Australia.

How to Apply for Scholarship:

These are competitive scholarships and will be awarded on the recommendation of the independent selection committee whose assessment will be based on how applicants address the following questions:

  • Describe what has been your driving influence/motivation in wanting to become a health professional in your chosen area.
  • Discuss what you hope to accomplish as a health professional in the next 5-10 years.
  • Discuss your commitment to study in your chosen course.
  • Outline your involvement in community activities, including promoting the health and well-being of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people.

The scholarships are funded by the Australian Government, Department of Health and Aged Care, and administered by the Australian College of Nursing. The scheme was established in recognition of Dr. Arnold ‘Puggy’ Hunter’s significant contribution to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and his role as Chair of the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation.


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