Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander medical scholarships awarded to students

18 August 2017

Members of the ACT Government were on hand when the ANU Medical School awarded its 2017 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander scholarships at a ceremony held at University House on Friday 18 August 2017.

ANU Medical School Dean Professor Imogen Mitchell congratulated Harrison Slockee, Stephanie Pollard and Cree De Clouett on their scholarships. 

"The ANU Medical School has a strong commitment to increasing the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students who study medicine," said Professor Mitchell.

"It is great to be able to help and support some of our talented students at the start of their medical studies at ANU."

ACT Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, Minister Rachel Stephen-Smith, spoke to the students at a ceremony at University House, while ACT Minister for Health Meegan Fitzharris presented the Peter Sharp Scholarship.

Chair of the John James Foundation, Professor Paul Smith, presented the John James Foundation Award.

The Peter Sharp Scholarship was awarded to Harrison Slockee, a descendant of the Bundjalung people of Northern New South Wales.

The John James Foundation Award recipient is Stephanie Pollard, a Wailwan woman.

The National Indigenous Medicine Scholarship was awarded to Cree De Clouett, a descent of the Wadi Wadi people.

The first Aboriginal medical student graduated in 2015. 

Since that time a further two Indigenous medical students have graduated from the program with eight currently enrolled across the four years.