Australian Hearing will be offering three Masters of Audiology scholarships annually to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander university graduates at several Australian universities from 2018.
The scholarships have been established to invite Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander university graduates to consider following a career pathway into Audiology.
Hearing health disorders are over-represented in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations. While there are many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers who specialise in hearing health, there are currently few Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander audiologists.
The scholarships are offered at Macquarie University in NSW, the University of Queensland, and Flinders University in South Australia. Each scholarship is valued at $15,000 over the two-year period of study. This includes joining a remote Australian Hearing Outreach trip in year two, valued at $3,000.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students who are accepted into the course at each of these Universities may then apply for a Scholarship. Successful applicants will be required to satisfy their university’s ongoing enrolment requirements.
In the meantime, check out this video about Hayley Edwards, who was the first recipient of theAboriginal and Torres Strait Islander scholarship to receive an Audiology scholarship from Australian Hearing. As part of her scholarship, Hayley joined audiologists from Australian Hearing on an outreach trip to the remote Aboriginal community Ngukurr.