Pharmacy Student awarded 2010 NSW Rural Allied Health Scholarship
19 May 2010
Grace Redmayne, a third year Bachelor of Pharmacy student at the University of Sydney has been awarded the 2010 NSW Rural Allied Health undergraduate scholarship. The scholarship is funded by NSW Department of Health as part of its ongoing commitment to maintain and improve the health status of rural communities.
The scholarship will provide Grace with financial assistance for her third and fourth year of the Bachelor of Pharmacy course. "It will be a huge help in the next two years" says Grace "especially with textbooks and equipment supplies."
Grace originally hails from Alstonville near Byron Bay. Only students with a rural or remote background are eligible to apply for the scholarship. The scholarship application process involved providing details of her participation in local organisations and community groups in Alstonville, as well as membership of the University's Rural Health Club. Applicants need to demonstrate a genuine commitment to and interest in rural health issues.
Grace was awarded the scholarship after beating competition from other Health Science faculties such as Public Health, Physiotherapy, Sports Science and Nursing.
As a scholarship recipient Grace will consider returning to rural practice once she graduates, having had some experience in the setting already during her work experience. Clinical placements in rural settings are also organised for students during their third and fourth year of the Bachelor of Pharmacy.
"The community aspect of rural society is what I find most attractive" says Grace "it adds an extra element to rural placements."
Rural pharmacy will be introduced as a new elective subject in the fourth year of the Bachelor of Pharmacy in 2011 as part of the updated curriculum.
The Faculty of Pharmacy also offers a Rural Pharmacy Entry Scheme. This scheme offers a limited number of places each year in the Bachelor of Pharmacy to rural applicants whose Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) is not more than five points below the main round ATAR cut off point.
The Rural Pharmacy Scholarship Schemeis also available and provides financial support to encourage students from rural communities to undertake studies in pharmacy at University. The Scheme is an initiative of the Rural Pharmacy Workforce Program (RPWP).
Contact: Claire Riordan
Phone: 02 9351 2311