ANU to award Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander medical scholarships

Thursday, August 17, 2017 — Members of the ACT Government will be on hand when the ANU Medical School awards its 2017 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander scholarships at a ceremony at University House on Friday.

ACT Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, Minister Rachel Stephen-Smith, will speak to the students, while ACT Minister for Health Meegan Fitzharris will help present the Peter Sharp Scholarship.

Chair of the John James Foundation, Professor Paul Smith, will present the John James Foundation Award.

Media are invited to attend.

The Peter Sharp Scholarship will be awarded to Harrison Slockee, a descendant of the Bundjalung people of Northern New South Wales. The John James Foundation Award recipient is Stephanie Pollard, a Wailwan woman. The National Indigenous Medicine Scholarship will be awarded to Cree De Clouett, a descent of the Wadi Wadi people.

In 2011 the first Aboriginal medical student was accepted into the ANU medical school graduating in 2015. 

Since that time a further two indigenous medical students have graduated from the program with eight currently enrolled across the four years.

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WHAT: ANU Medical School Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Scholarship ceremony

WHO: Dean of the ANU Medical School, Professor Imogen Mitchell, scholarship recipients, Minister Rachel Stephen-Smith, ACT Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, Ms Meegan Fitzharris MLA, ACT Minister for Health and Professor Paul Smith, Chair John James Foundation

WHEN: 11am, Friday 18 August

WHERE: The Hall, Balmain Place (off Balmain Crescent) University House, Canberra

 

For media assistance, contact the ANU media office on 6125 7979, or email media@anu.edu.au.

 

John James Foundation Award - Stephanie Pollard

Stephanie Pollard is a 22 year old Wailwan woman who grew up in Queanbeyan.  Stephanie undertook her undergraduate degree at the ANU graduating with a Bachelor of Science in 2016.  She likes to keep physically active in her spare time having competed nationally in athletics until April this year when she switched across to playing at a high level for Rugby 7.

 

Peter Sharp Scholarship - Harrison Slockee

Harrison Slockee is a descendant of the Bundjalung people of Northern NSW.  The Bundjalung people are the original custodians of northern coastal areas of New South Wales, that includes the Bundjalung National Park and Mount Warning, Clarence Rive to Richmond River at Ballina; inland to Tabulam and Baryugil, up to Bundaberg. Harrison graduated from Charles Sturt University with a Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science.  Harrison grew up and was educated in Canberra.

 

National Indigenous Medicine Scholarship - Cree De Clouett

Cree De Clouett is a descent of the Wadi Wadi people.  The Wadi Wadi Nation is located just west of Swan Hill Victoria, extending westward towards Ouyen and south of Robinvale, straddling the Murray River. Wadi Wadi traditional Country includes the major River Redgum stand in Nyah Vernifera Forest.  Cree undertook his undergraduate studies at Wollongong University and graduated with a Bachelor of Medical & Health Sciences.