Esperance health professionals encouraged to apply for scholarships

Consultative pharmacist Nijal Shah believes the scholarship program will expand the range of health services available in Esperance. Photo: Supplied.

Consultative pharmacist Nijal Shah believes the scholarship program will expand the range of health services available in Esperance. Photo: Supplied.

Esperance health and medical professionals are being encouraged to apply for scholarships to train them in supporting their communities. 

More than $1 million is available in the 2018/2019 financial year for health and medical professionals looking to broaden the range of health services they can provide to regional communities.

The Health Workforce Scholarship Program is available to health professionals working in rural locations.

These professionals can apply for scholarships of up to $10,000 to access further study.

Applications for scholarships and bursaries will open on Wednesday, September 26 and close on Tuesday, October 23 2018.

Seven medical and health professionals in Esperance have already received scholarships and bursaries valued at $33,000 from Rural Health West under the program during 2018.

The Health Workforce Scholarship Program is funded by the Commonwealth Health Department.

Rural Health West general manager of workforce Kelli Porter said the investment was designed to expand the range of health services people could access in their local communities.

“We believe that everyone, everywhere is entitled to good healthcare,” she said.

“This program is about investing in the health professionals who are already doing a great job locally, by providing financial support for them to extend their skills.”

Scholarships and bursaries have been provided to health professionals in the Esperance region to support further studies in integrated chronic disease care with a focus on diabetes management, cervical screening, remote emergency care and Aboriginal health.

Consultant pharmacist Nijal Shah received a scholarship through the program to study a Graduate Certificate in Diabetes Education.

“Pharmacists have a front line role in providing primary healthcare,” she said.

“Currently we have only one full-time diabetes educator in Esperance, which can mean some patients experience delays in receiving diabetes education.

“I hope this training will allow me to devote more time to educate, motivate and support patients with diabetes and pre-diabetes.”

Skills or knowledge gained through intended study must help address an identified health need in the community.

Regional medical and health professionals interested in the program can find out more about the Health Workforce Scholarship Program at www.ruralhealthwest.com.au/hwsp.