AMA Indigenous Peoples’ Medical Scholarship 2014 – Applications now open
The AMA recognises the critical importance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander doctors through the AMA Indigenous People’s Medical Scholarship scheme. Cultural understanding and commitment to one’s community are very significant factors in providing best-practice health and medical care to Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders.
Building an adequate workforce that includes Indigenous doctors and health professionals is an important part of closing the Indigenous health and life expectancy gap.
Dr Hambleton said that the numbers of Indigenous doctors are steadily increasing, but every effort needs to be made to help make it possible for Indigenous people to study medicine. This is why the AMA offers the Indigenous Peoples' Medical Scholarship of $9000 per annum for aspiring Indigenous doctors.
Established in 1995, the scholarship has assisted many Indigenous men and women who may not otherwise have had the financial resources to study medicine. Read the story of this year's scholarship winner, Ngaree Blow.
Applications for the Scholarship must be in by 30 January 2014. To be eligible to apply students must currently be enrolled full time at an Australian medical school and be eligible for ABSTUDY.