Forty-five students from across rural Western Australia have received first round offers to study medicine at The University of Western Australia through the Rural School Leaver Assured Entry Pathway.
The successful students come from as far north as Kununurra, Karratha, Geraldton, east to Carnamah, Tincurrin, Kukerin, Mt Magnet, Wongan Hills and also Sawyers Valley, Pinjarra, Northam, Millendon, Manjimup, Mandurah, Busselton, Bunbury, Bruce Rock and Albany.
Student Support Coordinator Sue Pougnault said the Rural Pathway identifies students through rural and remote areas of WA who are interested in pursuing a career in medicine.
“It provides support and mentoring to students who often have to overcome enormous obstacles in education opportunities, distance and support to achieve their goals,” Ms Pougnault said.
The students will complete one of the five UWA undergraduate bachelor degrees before commencing the four-year Doctor of Medicine Course in 2018.
The pathway program works in collaboration with the Rural Clinical School of WA, which has the goal of attracting more doctors to regional, rural and remote practice.
“It also works in collaboration with Aspire UWA which received two national awards in 2015,” Ms Pougnault said.
“I am so pleased for all the successful rural and remote students – to see their dedication and commitment to their studies pay off as they reach their ultimate goal of studying medicine at UWA is very rewarding.”
Sue Pougnault (UWA Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences) (+61 8) 6488 4851/(+614) 19 174 860
David Stacey (UWA Media) (+61 8) 6488 3229 /(+61 4) 32 637 716