In addition to the Government Abstudy allowance, the Indigenous Health Scholarship is designed to assist Indigenous students with their day-to-day expenses whilst undertaking a course in a wide range of health related professions.
Whilst the terms ‘mental illness’, ‘mental health’ and ‘mental disorder’ are often used interchangeably, the later two refer to a medically diagnosable range of disorders that result in a significant impairment of a person’s thinking, emotional or relationship abilities and which may require treatment and rehabilitation to manage the symptoms.
‘Mental Health’ on the other hand means emotional and mental well being. It is much more than the absence of mental illness. It is the realisation of a person’s potential and the sense of wellbeing that assists people to live fulfilling lives. Rotary Clubs throughout Australia are invited to conduct community forums focusing on Preventing Mental Health Problems in Our Community
The objective of the Scholarship is to encourage and influence the medical students to consider pursuing a medical career in rural/remote Australia upon graduation or following postgraduate medical studies. The Scholarship provides incentives for medical students to complete at least one year in a rural area.
The Scholarships parallel those of the rural medical scholarships. They provide an incentive for nursing students to complete their 3rd year major clinical placement and graduating year in a rural/remote area.