Working on recruitment aim

THOSE studying in the health field have one more reason to stay in the Valley

The Clarence Valley Council is offering a number of scholarships worth up to $2500 each to those heading off to study in the health sector or those that are currently involved in studies and are planning to implement their new-found skills in the Valley.

Council’s manager of social planning and cultural development Anne D’Arcy said the aim of the scholarships was to keep health professionals in the Clarence Valley.

“We are trying to provide some opportunities to assist people in developing their skills in health services and practising those in the local area,” she said.

The scholarships have proved successful since council started the initiative five years ago, with the number of applicants increasing from seven in 2006 to 54 last year.

Community development officer Susan Howland said the priority of this year’s health funds would be focused on courses that promote remedial or prevention of disease for older people.

“Recruiting and retaining health workers is a big problem in the Clarence Valley because we have such a growing need and not enough people to go around,” she said.

Are you eligible to apply?

 Applicants must be Australian citizens or permanent residents with their principal home address in the Clarence Valley.

 You must be able to demonstrate you are able to practice in the Clarence Valley.

 Preference will be given to nursing, allied health and aged-care areas.

 Successful recipients will be required to provide progress reports on their achievements throughout their studies.

 Applications close on Monday and completed application forms must be in by 3pm

 You can download an application form at .

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