Students from regional NSW who are commencing dentistry studies in 2015 at an Australian University can apply for a Regional Dentistry Scholarship. Senator John Williams, Nationals Senator for New South Wales, established the scholarship to support students with strong links to a regional community to study for a professional dental career. The one-year scholarship of $4,800 also comes with access to mentoring support from an experienced dentist who is based in regional New South Wales.
Poor access to dental care is a very significant issue for people in rural and remote areas. The risk factors that compound their poorer oral health include fewer dental services, long public dental service waiting lists, a higher proportion of people of low socio-economic status, and the absence of fluoridated water in some areas.
Applications for the NSW Regional Dentistry Scholarship 2015 close on 16 February. The scholarship is administered by the NRHA and the application form and guidelines are available at http://ruralhealth.org.au/nsw-rds. To be eligible, applicants must:
- be Australian citizens or permanent residents;
- have lived in regional New South Wales for at least five years from the age of five; and
- be commencing full-time study in an accredited Australian dentistry degree in 2015.
The successful applicant will be selected on the basis of the length of time they have lived in regional New South Wales; financial need; and a demonstrated commitment to living and working in regional New South Wales.