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New tertiary scholarship opportunities for Eurobodalla students

Prominent retirement and aged care facility, Banksia Villages Ltd at Broulee, has joined with the University of Canberra to establish a new tertiary scholarship program for Year 12 Eurobodalla students.

Commencing for the 2018 academic year, the scholarship provides funding of $7,500 per student over a three-year period for eligible allied health, nursing, and public health courses, offered through the UC Faculty of Health.

The merit based program is open to Year 12 students from St Peter’s Anglican College and Carroll College at Broulee, Moruya High School, and Batemans Bay High School. Scholarship students will be further supported during their program with clinical and work placements at Banksia’s residential aged care facility in Broulee, and through UC.

Banksia’s partnership with UC is part of a range of education initiatives the not-for-profit charitable company is implementing in pursuit of new and meaningful ways to contribute to excellence and innovation in aged care and to supporting the local Eurobodalla region.

UC’s Faculty of Health is widely recognised for producing quality graduates and leading health research, and is currently involved in a number of significant projects in the health field including construction of a hospital and residential aged care facility on its Belconnen ACT campus.

In announcing the initiative, Banksia CEO Graham Wise said the scholarship provides an invaluable opportunity for Eurobodalla students to gain graduate qualifications in allied health, nursing or public health through a highly regarded and established tertiary institution.

As part of the new partnership, Banksia has also established a separate annual post-graduate research grant program. Two grants, each totalling $5,000, will be offered for eligible research projects to be undertaken by UC post-graduate candidates. The grants program, which will also commence in 2018, provides a further opportunity for Banksia to contribute to the body of knowledge in aged care and related fields and to foster its strategic objective of embracing innovation and learning through academic research.

In developing these exciting new programs, Banksia’s Board and management were keen to provide similar opportunities for its own people, and have introduced a new internal staff scholarship program. The program is designed to provide employees with opportunities to participate in activities that materially benefit both their own personal development and that of Banksia Villages. “This initiative is a very practical, accessible and valuable way for Banksia to support the development of our people, and will enable us to further integrate state of the art learning within our operations”, says Graham Wise, CEO.

Applications for the Banksia Villages Ltd Scholarship 2018 program will be accepted between 9am Monday 16th October 2017 and 5pm Friday 27th October 2017.

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