A new era in medical training began when the Curtin Medical School welcomed its first students in 2017. Curtin offers the only five-year undergraduate-entry medical degree in WA and focuses on training doctors with primary care expertise, ready and willing to work in historically underserviced health care areas, particularly in rural and remote regions and outer suburban locations.
The financial burden for all medical students is considerable, but even bigger – and often prohibitive – for those from disadvantaged backgrounds. Part of our vision is to encourage capable students from all walks of life to study medicine at Curtin, opening new doors for them and their families and at the same time diversifying and strengthening our medical workforce. We particularly want to attract more students from rural and remote areas, more Indigenous students and more students from low socio-economic backgrounds.
To make this possible, we need to establish a strong financial assistance program which will ensure that highly capable students can fulfil their dreams and become the much-needed medical practitioners of the future, providing competent and compassionate care where it is needed most.
You are invited to consider donating towards this vital program. Your support and encouragement of these bright and promising future doctors will foster role models for future generations and underserviced communities. It will also assist in addressing the shortage of doctors in WA in areas of critical need.
You can help by contributing to one of the following two options:
Scholarships for school leavers in financial hardship who enter through our rural, equity or Indigenous admissions pathways provide critical financial support for living and study expenses.
- $135,000 will endow one scholarship in perpetuity, generating a scholarship of $5,000 annually
- $25,000 will fund a one-off scholarship of $5,000 annually for five years
Aspiring Rural Medical Students Admissions Fund
The financial pressures for aspiring rural and remote medical students are considerable. To attend an interview students outside Perth need to fund the cost of travel and accommodation, which can inhibit many from even contemplating such a step. This is a potentially devastating loss for us all.
- $3,000 annually over five years will support approximately 15 rural students over five years to participate in the interviews, the final stage of the admission process into medicine
- $35,000 annually will support between 25 to 35 rural students each year
Naming opportunities are available to acknowledge your generosity.
To find out more about how you can support talented and hardworking students to become our medical doctors of the future, please contact us for a confidential conversation:
Scholarships transform lives
During her high school years in Albany, Caitlin Thompson enjoyed studying human anatomy and, while she was a high achiever, she never really expected that she would be accepted to study medicine.
However, after taking a gap year following high school to build up her finances, she decided to sit the Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admission Test (now known as the University Clinical Aptitude Test). She was thrilled to be offered a place at the new Curtin Medical School following her interview and ‘over the moon’ to learn that she qualified for scholarship support as a rural student.
“Coming from a rural town, the transition into university life is tough – moving away from friends and family, becoming more independent and trying to balance study with everything else,” she explains.
“Being awarded a scholarship made that transition so much easier as I had the financial means to set myself up for success right from the start. Studying medicine is tough, but having a scholarship means that I can spend more time focusing on my studies and less time worrying about making ends meet.”
“The scholarship has made a world of difference to me and I only hope that more people like myself are given the same opportunity.” – Caitlin Thompson – second year medical student and scholarship recipient