Puggy Hunter Memorial Scholarship


The Puggy Hunter Memorial Scholarship Scheme is funded by Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing. The Scheme was established in recognition of Dr Arnold ‘Puggy’ Hunter's significant contribution to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and his role as Chair of the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO).
The aim of the Scheme is to encourage and assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander undergraduate students in health-related disciplines to complete their studies and join the health workforce.
The scholarship provides financial assistance to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who are intending to enrol or are enrolled in an entry level course in an eligible health related discipline at an Australian educational institution (Certificate IV and above).

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    Mark Huddleston
    Eligible health areas are:
    These include graduate entry level courses.

    Application dates

    The scheme will reopen on Monday 22 July 2013 for study in 2014.

    Eligibility criteria

    Funding under this scheme is available for applicants who meet the following criteria:
    • of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent
    • intending to enrol or are already enrolled in an entry level  health qualification
    • intend to study in the academic year that the scholarship is offered.
    Applicants must identify as and be able to confirm their Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander status.
    The scholarships are very competitive and there are usually more applications than there are available scholarships. Therefore, not all eligible applicants will receive a scholarship.

    Value of funding

    Funding is provided for the normal duration of the course. Full time scholarship awardees will receive up to $15 000 per year and part time recipients will receive up to $7500 per year. The funding is paid in 24 fortnightly instalments throughout the study period of each year.

    Selection criteria

    These are competitive scholarships and will be awarded on the recommendation of a selection committee whose assessment will be based on how you address the following questions:
    • Discuss your commitment to becoming a health professional. 
    • Discuss what you hope to accomplish as a health professional in the next 5-10 years. 
    • Demonstrate how this scholarship will assist you in achieving your goals.

    Important links

    Links to Indigenous health professional associations

    Need more information?

    Please contact ACN:
    freecall 1800 688 628