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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Study Grants enable students to focus on career goals

April 29, 2022

Eight students across the Darling Downs and West Moreton region have benefitted from financial support to complete their studies at TAFE Queensland Toowoomba.

Funded by the Darling Downs and West Moreton PHN, the grant provides $5000 to help cover study-related costs. From transport to new technology, the associated costs of studying are a common and significant barrier faced by many students.

“This fantastic opportunity will enable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students who may not have previously considered study due to financial hardship the opportunity to develop their skills and gain a qualification in health – a sector experiencing strong growth and job outcomes,” said Jenni Butler, Acting General Manager, TAFE Queensland’s South West region.

Recipients of this grant have used their funds to cover a wide variety of study-related expenses –allowing them to focus on their study and career goals.

“Furthering my education as an Aboriginal Primary Healthcare Worker has long been a dream of mine but due to familial responsibilities and financial limitations, I have never been able to pursue this dream.” said grant recipient Debra Robinson.

Many of the students are pursuing careers related to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health. Becoming qualified will allow them to provide culturally safe healthcare within their local community.

“My goal in my work has always been to support, educate and engage my community towards living a healthier and happier life.” said grant recipient Jack Treschman.

The PHN funds a number of other programs and services aimed at improving health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples who live in the region. Head to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and wellbeing webpage to find out more.