Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan welcomed the Government’s decision to offer interim health workforce scholarships ahead of the launch of a new scholarship program early next year.
“This is great news for our local nursing and allied health students,” Mr Hogan said.
“The Federal Government is committed to supporting our best and brightest minds with their studies next year.”
Mr Hogan said nursing and allied health scholarships, covering a 12-month period, will be offered for 2017 through the existing scholarship administrators – the Australian College of Nursing, and Services for Australian Rural and Remote Allied Health.
“The Government has also committed to continue the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander scholarship program,” he said.
Mr Hogan said design of the new Health Workforce Scholarship Program is being finalised, ahead of its launch early next year.
“The new HWSP will increase health workforce participation and promote a better distribution of the health workforce, particularly in rural communities like ours where their expertise and services are needed the most,” he said.
“It will also deliver a consistent approach to the rules and obligations that will apply to scholarship participants as well as provide greater flexibility to meet changing workforce priorities in response to local needs.”