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Nursing charity seeks students for overseas scholarships

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The Cavell Nurses’ Trust is calling on the “brightest and most dedicated” nursing and midwifery students to apply for travel grants worth up to £2,000.

It is inviting applications for its annual student scholarship awards, which have now opened for 2014-15. The five awards provide travel scholarships of up to £2,000 for the winners.

They comprise The Edith Cavell Leadership Award, Outstanding Student Nurse, Outstanding Student Midwife, Academic Achievement Award, and Community Award.

“I came across a lot of Aboriginal patients with mental health issues, which was disproportionate compared to the rest of the population of Australia”

Myra Ariyaratnam

The awards are designed to help nursing and midwifery students at the start of their careers and are open to students currently studying nursing or midwifery at universities in the UK.

The Edith Cavell Leadership Award comes with a travel scholarship worth £2,000, while all the others are valued at £1,500 each. There are also prizes of a laptop/tablet for runners up in each category.

Myra Ariyaratnam, winner of the 2013-14 Outstanding Academic Achievement Award, has just returned from a six-week placement in Australia, where studied Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ experiences of mental health.

Her placement included four weeks at Graylands Psychiatric Hospital in Perth, half of which was spent working with the specialist Aboriginal mental health service.

Cavell Nurses' Trust

Myra Ariyaratnam at Graylands Psychiatric Hospital in Perth

Ms Ariyaratnam also spent a week in Western Australia meeting community services involved in Aboriginal mental health and wellbeing, and time in Queensland at a specialist Aboriginal health centre in Brisbane.

Speaking about her experience, she said Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples had been “marginalised by statutory legislation” in Australia.

“I came across a lot of Aboriginal patients with mental health issues, which was disproportionate compared to the rest of the population of Australia, and was able to see the different social injustices they have suffered while I was out in the community,” she said.

Ms Ariyaratnam added: “It was hard work but very exciting.”

The deadline for entries for next year’s scholarship awards is 9 December. The winners will be chosen by a panel of leading nurse academics.

Students can apply for the 2014-15 Scholarship Awards at the charity’s website


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