Serendipity (Tamworth) Scholarship in Radiation Therapy

Amount$10000Number Available1FacultyFaculty of Health and Medicine
DonorSerendipity Committee Inc.
EstablishmentThe North West Cancer Centre has recently established the first Radiation Therapy service in the New England and North West regions of NSW. Attracting and retaining the specialised staff required to run such a service is a challenge for all regional cancer centres. These staff roles include Radiation Oncologists, Medical Physicists and Radiation Therapists. Radiation Therapists must complete a three-year undergraduate degree through Universities that are based in major metropolitan centres, followed by a year of professional development in a hospital. Typically the majority of students are from metropolitan centres and those students prefer to seek work closer to family and friends. Similarly, students from regional areas are more likely to return to work in regional areas, but the additional cost of moving to the city to study is a barrier to enrolling.

The purpose of this scholarship is to encourage local students to study Radiation Therapy at The University of Newcastle, Australia and then further consolidate their skills at the North West Cancer Centre. Funding is provided by Serendipity, a Tamworth based cancer support fundraising committee that shares the North West Cancer Centre's aim of providing high-quality cancer services locally. This scholarship is a key component in a wide-ranging strategy to ensure workforce sustainability and build a team that is committed to the region.

Applicable to: Medical Radiation Science, Radiation Therapy, Regional, Rural, Remote students

Eligibility

To be eligible to apply for this scholarship you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be enrolled in the Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Radiation Therapy).
  • Be an Australian Citizen, Permanent Resident or the holder of a Permanent Humanitarian Visa
  • Be enrolled full-time
  • Not hold another scholarship of equivalent or more substantial benefit
  • Continuing students must maintain satisfactory academic progress
  • Must be a resident of the New England or North West regions of NSW, and/or demonstrates a strong commitment to reside in these regions.
Required Documentation

If documentation is not provided your application will not be processed. Please have all required documents available for upload as PDF, DOC, DOCX, JPEG, or JPG files prior to completing the online application process.

  • Demonstrated Willingness to undertake a proportion of University clinical placements and the year-long supervised practice program at the North West Cancer Centre
  • Statement of motivation to work in the Tamworth area post successful completion of the Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science degree which encourages 2 years clinical practice at the North West Cancer Centre (pending position availability).
Benefit

One (1) scholarship will be available at any given time for a total benefit of $20,000 unless otherwise stated. The scholarship provides a benefit of $10,000 per annum for up to two (2) years. The yearly Scholarship benefit is payable in two (2) payments of $5,000.00, after confirmation of donor funds and the checking of continuing eligibility after each relevant census date.

Selection

Selection of the scholar will be on the basis of:

  • successful completion and submission of the relevant scholarship application form to the Scholarships Officer at The University of Newcastle by the due date.
  • Demonstrated willingness to undertake a proportion of University clinical placements and the year-long supervised practice program at the North West Cancer Centre.
  • Statement of motivation to work in the Tamworth area post successful completion of the Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Radiation Therapy) degree which encourages 2 years clinical practice at the North West Cancer Centre (pending position availability).
  • Performance at Interview.
  • The Donor may nominate a selection committee. The selection committee shall consist of:
  • Chief Radiation Therapist (or nominee).
  • Two Serendipity Representatives (President & NWCC Liaison) (or nominee/s).
  • Faculty member from Medical Radiation Science (or nominee).
Faculty
  • Faculty of Health and Medicine

Contact Details

SCHOLARSHIPS OFFICER

Student Services Centre
University of Newcastle
University Drive
CALLAGHAN NSW 2308

Phone: +61 2 4921 6404 or +61 2 4921 8849
Fax: +61 2 4921 6937
Email: scholarships@newcastle.edu.au