The House Call Doctor Futures in Health Indigenous Scholarship
The House Call Doctor Futures in Health Indigenous Scholarship recognises the immense contributions of Indigenous Australians throughout all sectors of society. However, the scholarship also acknowledges that Indigenous health professionals remain too few, numbering an estimated 0.3% of the national healthcare workforce.
At House Call Doctor, our team believes that healthcare professionals should reflect the diversity of patients they care for. Healthcare professionals from diverse backgrounds offer unique perspectives that enable the medical workforce to be more understanding and responsive to patient needs, both on an individual and community level.
House Call Doctor provides excellence in healthcare, and our team is proud to support dedicated students as they embark upon this exciting and rewarding career path.
“The Futures in Health Indigenous Scholarship will recognise students who have not only demonstrated exceptional academic performance, but also displayed a commitment to their local community and personal development,” said House Call Doctor CEO, Mr Wayne Ormond. “House Call Doctor provides excellence in healthcare, and we are proud to support dedicated students as they embark upon this exciting and rewarding career path.”
Dr Mark Wenitong, founder of the Australian Indigenous Doctors Association and a member of the Kabi Kabi tribal group, said that Indigenous Australians have a vital role to play in our national healthcare workforce.
“The Australian healthcare system works very well for the majority of Australians. However, there is great discrepancy in health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples of this country. For Indigenous Australians, there are significant barriers in accessing medical professionals who can communicate effectively and understand cultural approaches to healthcare,” Dr Wenitong said.
Dr Wenitong also said that medicine can offer a highly rewarding career that opens the door to professional success and personal fulfillment for Indigenous students today.
“Encouraging more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to pursue a career in medicine, and supporting them to study and succeed, should be a major focus for our nation’s health workforce,” he said. “I would encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders to apply for the Futures in Health Indigenous Scholarship, along with other programs like it, and aim to make a difference in your own life along with that of your community.”
About the Scholarship
- One student will receive $10,000 to go towards their academic costs in 2018
- Applications will open on 15th June 2017 and close on 15th December 2017
You must be:
- 18 years or older
- An Australian citizen or permanent resident
- Identify as Aboriginal and/ or Torres Strait Islander
- Be an undergraduate/ postgraduate student studying a medical/ health field at an Australian University
- Entering at least your 2nd year of study in 2018
- Can provide written documentation where required, such as a Statutory Declaration or other supporting documents
How to apply
- Ensure you meet the eligibility criteria above
- Complete the application form below
- Upload a Word or PDF document with your responses to the below:
Please provide a document that addresses the following Selection Criteria. Your answers can be addressed as numbered responses. Please ensure that your response is no more than 700 words.
- Please outline your academic or career achievements to date. You may also wish to describe your future academic and career aspirations.
- Please describe your involvement in community events, organisations or campaigns. You may also wish to highlight leadership roles that you have taken on within your community.
- Please describe how The House Call Doctor Futures in Health Scholarship will impact your studies, or assist with your future career goals and aspirations.