The Royal Flying Doctors Service (RFDS) has continued its vital contribution to supporting the state’s medical students with its latest nursing scholarship.
The RFDS has joined forces with Fairbrother to provide a First Year Nursing Scholarship, which supports nursing students from remote and rural areas of Tasmania.
RFDS CEO John Kirwan said the aim of the scholarship was to promote careers in primary health care, and to encourage working in remote and rural areas.
“RFDS are pleased to announce a new scholarship, our second in nursing, which brings our total scholarships we fund and help coordinate in partnership with the University each year, to four,” Mr Kirwan said.
“This scholarship will assist students with the costs of beginning tertiary studies in a new location and provide them with a once-in-a-life-time experience working with RFDS staff.”
The RFDS also supports the Fred McKay Medical Student Scholarship, the Robin Miller RFDS Nursing Scholarship and the Commercial Travellers Association (CTA) 4th Year Medical Student Scholarship, awarded to University of Tasmania students.
Fourth-year medicine students Ashleigh Gibson, Dariel Roper and Hannah Nichol were recipients of the (CTA) Student Scholarship, which assists Tasmanian medical students with the costs associated with their elective placement in a rural or remote area of Australia.
Thanks to the scholarship Hannah Nichol was able to complete her placement with the RFDS Western Operation, spending two weeks both at the Jandakot base in Perth and in Broome.
“It was a fantastic experience,” she said.
“I was able to see the entire patient retrieval process from the initial phone call referral through to delivering the patient to the receiving hospital, and I flew on everything from routine inter-hospital transfers to primary and neonatal retrievals.”