THREE students from across the country have been named as the inaugural winners of the Symbion and Pharmacy Guild Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Pharmacy Student Scholarship Initiative.
The initiative flows from the Guild’s and Symbion’s reconciliation initiatives being implemented through their own respective Reconciliation Action Plans (RAPs), endorsed by Reconciliation Australia.
The three recipients of the scholarship are James Cook University first year pharmacy student Keely Clemments, Melbourne Institute of Technology second year pharmacy student Bryony Forrest and fourth year pharmacy student at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) Tameera Guivarra.
The scholarship aims to support and encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander pharmacy students undertaking studies in pharmacy and to facilitate growth in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment.
National President of the Pharmacy Guild Professor Trent Twomey said the initiative was a welcome move in strengthening the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander pharmacy workforce through education and career support.
“The Guild and Symbion through this scholarship are prioritising positive health outcomes for First Nations people, and this scholarship will have far-reaching and lasting positive impacts,” he said.
Scholarship holders receive $10,000 each year, for up to four years of study, to help cover the costs associated with study and living away from home.
Scholarship holders will also have support and guidance from a mentor and will have access to ongoing employment and career support and opportunities through TerryWhite Chemmart pharmacies.