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Groundwater centre will help with drought, climate change clinical placements in rural or remote communities during their degrees. Research suggests that health students who have a positive placement in a rural area are more likely to return to work in a rural area once they have graduated. Roxon announced the scholarships while visiting CSU’s Wagga Wagga campus. “One of the big challenges for our regional health students is meeting the cost of completing their clinical practice rotations, which often requires students to travel to, and live in, smaller regional and remote centres,” CSU acting Professor Chambers said. “Encouraging regional students to undertake clinical practice rotations in regional and remote areas is critical to addressing the serious shortfall of qualified health practitioners across inland Australia. The program is open to individuals studying an allied health or oral health degree including Aboriginal health work, audiology, dietetics and nutrition, medical radiation science, occupational therapy, optometry, physiotherapy, podiatry, psychology, dentistry and oral health. The funding will help students meet the travel, accommodation and living expenses of undertaking a rural clinical placement, and provides support payments for a student’s clinical supervisor and community contact while on placement. Additional placements are expected to be awarded as part of this round during the year. The scholarship scheme is administered by Services for Australian Rural and Remote Allied Health (SARRAH). Go to www.sarrah.org.au/site/index.cfm?display=74996

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