Faculty students awarded Rural Pharmacy scholarships

21 April 2009

Photo credit: Iofoto|
Photo credit: Iofoto|

The Pharmacy Guild of Australia has awarded two Rural and Remote Pharmacy Scholarships to students from the Faculty. Hayley Bell of Wells Crossing and Judy Wong of Padstow, both in their first year of the Faculty's Bachelor of Pharmacy course, will both receive funding of $10,000 for up to four years during their time at the Faculty of Pharmacy.

Pharmacists play a key role in maintaining the health of all Australians however there is a serious shortage of pharmacists working in rural areas. According to Dr Lisa Pont, Lecturer in Rural and Aboriginal Health at the Faculty, 30% of Australians live in rural communities however many pharmacy graduates choose to work in suburban pharmacies.

Lisa says "I'd like to congratulate Hayley and Judy. The Faculty has a strong commitment to rural pharmacy; under our new curriculum all students will gain knowledge and skills in rural and aboriginal health issues. It is essential to keep pharmacists in rural communities and one way of addressing this need is to promote rural clinical placements within our curriculum. Already this year we have had a brilliant response from students, with 168 Year 4 students expressing an interest in doing a rural placement".

The program, managed by the Guild and funded by the Health Department, encourages rural pharmacy students to pursue a pharmacy career in rural or remote Australia after graduation, and helps to cover costs associated with studying away from home. Participants in the Guild's rural scholarship program also take part in a mentoring scheme, usually in partnership with an existing rural pharmacist, with the aim of reinforcing the students' ties to rural and regional Australia.

Contact: Holly Bax-Norman

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