Les Elvin Memorial Master of Nursing Indigenous Scholarship
20 January 2019
DonorHunter Primary Care
As a primary health care organisation, Hunter Primary Care is committed to improving the health outcomes of the Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people in the Hunter region.
Hunter Primary Care has created two new scholarships specifically designed to assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Registered Nurses to undertake further education in either a Master of Nursing, Master of Midwifery Studies, Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner), Master of Mental Health Nursing (Nurse Practitioner), Master of Mental Health Nursing or Master of Applied Management (Nursing).
The aim of the scholarships is to improve the health of Aboriginal people in the Hunter rural region by increasing the skilled Indigenous health practitioner workforce.
Uncle Les Elvin was as a proud Wonnarua man who contributed greatly to our organisation, Hunter Primary Care, by enhancing our cultural understanding and teaching us about the wonderful contribution Aboriginal culture has made to our community.
In late 2011, Hunter Primary Care, then operating as Hunter Urban Medicare Local, was delighted to commission Uncle Les to produce a number of artworks representing the four local government areas of Maitland, Port Stephens, Newcastle and Lake Macquarie. These paintings still take pride of place in our Newcastle headquarters.
To be eligible to apply for this scholarship you must meet the following criteria:
- Be enrolled in either a Master of Nursing, Master of Midwifery Studies, Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner), Master of Mental Health Nursing (Nurse Practitioner), Master of Mental Health Nursing or Master of Applied Management (Nursing) with UON.
- Be enrolled either full-time or part-time.
- Identify as an Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander and be recognised as such by your community.
- Not be the recipient of another UON Donor funded or sponsored scholarship concurrently.
- Reside in one of the following Local Government Areas: Armidale, Cessnock, Dungog, Lake Macquarie, Maitland, Mid-Coast, Muswellbrook, Newcastle, Port Stephens, Singleton, Tamworth, the Upper Hunter or Wyong Shire.
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.
- A written statement (max 2 A4 pages) demonstrating/outlining your academic achievements to date, career aspirations in the relevant area of study/research and how this scholarship would assist you.
- Documents for establishing Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander status with UON. Please see list of accepted documents here: https://www.newcastle.edu.au/establishing-status-docs
- A written reference made by an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander community member.
The scholarship currently provides a benefit of $12,500 to be paid as two lump sums of $6,250 after semester one and semester two census dates for full-time students.
Part-time students will receive a proportional annual payment, for example $3125 each year if studying for the maximum duration of 4 years.
Selection is a competitive process and will be based on assessment of the scholarship application and any required supporting documents.
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