Could you use some extra cash for your studies?

Front: Board member Bruce Turner, NSW Health Secretary Elizabeth Koff, board member Prof Don Nutbeam, board member Prof Diana O’Halloran, board chair Richard Alcock and bursary recipient Nigina Hashimi. Second row: bursary recipients Marie March, Dearne Cauz (orange shirt), board member Narelle Belle, bursary recipient Dayle Tierney and board member Elizabeth Crouch. Back row: bursary recipients Dr Marjhan Khajehei, Christine Coorey, Belinda Ford, Sally Neideck and Rebecca Lee.

If you are currently enrolled in clinical or research training, or are looking to enrol in a course and need financial assistance, then apply now for the Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD) bursary program.

Entries close August 17, 2018 so apply now!

You could be the next bursary recipient to receive a $5,000 (one-off) payment to support your educational endeavours.

One of our 2017 recipients, Westmead Hospital Community Eye Care, service coordinator, Belinda Ford, will use the money for an international study tour of eye hospitals in Finland and the UK as part of her PhD into health systems.

“My research looks at ways to improve chronic eye disease management in western Sydney and I plan to use the money to learn from international hospitals about their community-based eye assessments and hopefully bring these ideas back to Westmead,” she said

“This study tour would not have been possible without the Bursary, quite simply I would not have gone.

“This money will not only allow me to do the study tour, but will also allow be to make connections with international hospital which may open up opportunities later in my research and health management career.

“At first, I wasn’t really sure what kinds of things to include in the application. I was originally going to request funds to buy some textbooks, or possibly attend a conference, but my manager encouraged me to think a little bigger and I’m really glad I did.

“The application was easy and straight forward, it was just a few pages. You have to write about how you plan to spend the money, what your current role at the hospital is, and how the opportunity will help your career path, throw in your CV and you’re done.

“When I found out that I was awarded, I was really excited and started planning my trip right away.

“If you’re thinking of applying, give it a shot! If you don’t apply then of course you won’t get it, but if you do apply then you’ll actually have a chance at an amazing opportunity.”

Board chair Richard Alcock said the bursary program is funded through a philanthropic trust created by members of the Board and Board committees and has created a foundation for the future education of our staff.

“The Board is very pleased with its philanthropic contribution,” Mr Alcock said.

“We are very proud knowing that the first 11 recipients of the bursaries in 2017 have drawn great benefit from the program.

“We encourage people from all areas of business in WSLHD to consider applying for this opportunity.”

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