Gippsland Primary Health Network and Federation University Australia are working together to provide a pipeline of allied health workers for the Gippsland community to help address acute shortages in the sector.
As part of a $500,000 commitment, Gippsland PHN will provide scholarships to three new Federation University students a year for 12 years, supporting them to succeed in their studies without the stress of financial pressure.
Beginning in 2024, the scholarships will support eligible Gippsland occupational therapy, physiotherapy and speech pathology students for the duration of their four-year programs, enabling them to receive funding for the entire period of their degree.
This initiative aligns with Gippsland PHN’s vision of a ‘Measurably healthier Gippsland’ and will ultimately support 36 students to cover costs like textbooks, travel, groceries and computers.
Pictured above (from left) at the launch of the scholarship are Associate Deputy Vice-Chancellor Engagement at Federation University, Leigh Kennedy, Acting Chief Executive Officer at Gippsland PHN, Angela Jacob and Vice-Chancellor and President of Federation University, Professor Duncan Bentley.