NACCHO :The Puggy Hunter memorial scholarship scheme is now open

 Puggy Hunter Memorial Scholarship Scheme

Do you know an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander student studying their entry level health course?

“If you want real advice about Aboriginal health issues then speak to those who have been elected by Aboriginal communities to represent them on health matters”.

The late Dr Arnold (Puggy) Hunter,
NACCHO Chairperson 1991-2001


The Scheme was established in recognition of Dr Arnold (‘Puggy’) Hunter’s significant contribution to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and in his previous role as Chair of the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO).

This scholarship provides financial assistance to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who are intending to undertake study, or are undertaking study, in an entry level qualification in an eligible health related discipline at an Australian university or TAFE (Certificate IV and above).

Eligible health areas include:

  • Aboriginal Health Worker
  • allied health (excluding pharmacy)
  • dentistry/oral health (excluding dental assistants)
  • medicine
  • midwifery
  • nursing.

The aim of the scheme is to help address the under-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in health professions and assist in increasing the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with professional health qualifications.

The scheme is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing.

Application details: Please refer to the Royal College of Nursing Australia website for all information, including application details.


The Puggy Hunter Memorial Scholarship Scheme provides funding to assist Indigenous Australians who are intending to or are studying an entry level health course in 2013.

 The Puggy Hunter Memorial Scholarship Scheme is now open.

Visit the PHMSS webpage to find out more information on the Scheme.

Or contact Australian College of Nursing on or 1800 688 628.

The best way to apply is to apply online, the online application is available here.

If anyone has trouble accessing the online application a pdf is available on the PHMSS webpage to download and print out to return to ACN.

Please feel free to circulate this information in your networks.

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