Enabling students with financial stress to complete their Bachelors (Hons) degree in Physiotherapy, and become leaders in the next generation of health professionals.

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In the final year of the physiotherapy programme, students undertake 5-week blocks of clinical training in placements across Queensland and beyond. In every year some students suffer financial stress when family are unable to contribute to their expenses for food, accommodation, study and travel. The Ailsa Munro Physiotherapy Student Scholarships provide $6000 to four students each year, who have demonstrated need for financial assistance in order to complete their physiotherapy degree, as well as high levels of achievement and commitment to their chosen vocation.

The committee of Assoc Prof Yvonne Burns, Dr Michelle Smith and myself (Dr Andrew Claus) are moved each year by the challenges overcome by these outstanding, altruistic and motivated young people, in order to pursue physiotherapy. Many applicants for the award work 1-2 jobs part-time in order to support themselves and family members, while undertaking very challenging full-time study. Many of the applicants have particular career goals to support rural, remote or disadvantaged communities, where physiotherapy services are currently hard to access.

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Each year there are more than four students who are truly worthy of support. If an extra scholarship for up to $6000 could be supported, it would contribute real social impact for one person’s career in helping others.

 

Contact: Dr Andrew Claus, School of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences, The University of Queensland, St Lucia, 4072.

For more information on Dr Andrew Claus and his research interests click here