Indigenous scholarships for medical students to attend NLDS


You are invited to apply for Australian Medical Students’ Association’s (AMSA) premier academic event, the National Leadership Development Seminar (NLDS). You are invited to be inspired, to gain new knowledge and skills and to meet like minded individuals around the country. The NLDS is held in Canberra and will take from the 12th-16th September 2015. It is a unique forum, which provides passionate, enthusiastic and engaged medical students with a platform to discuss ideas, network and workshop your ideas into advocacy campaigns and national projects for tomorrow.

This year for the first time, AMSA is offering 3 full scholarships for medical students from an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander background, which covers the entire cost of travel and NLDS registration. AMSA has been working collaboratively with the Australian Indigenous Doctors Association (AIDA) to improve and facilitate indigenous advocacy within the NLDS program. It is a mandate that we are committed to and hope to do justice to in our program.

NLDS has also released registration costs, which includes full travel and flights to attend NLDS. Through this we hope to create a more equitable and accessible event, especially for students who reside in rural and remote parts of Australia.

Applications are open until May 31st, for more information, please see our websitefacebook page or don’t hesitate to contact the NLDS team at

Attention MBBSII: Extended Placement Program


This is an opportunity in 2016 to spend more time in a rural location by undertaking back to back attachments involving the Year 3 Medicine in Society Stream A Rural Medicine and General Practice rotations. You will be living in a vibrant rural community for the two rotations – you will become part of it. You will be able to follow your patients through their primary and secondary care with enhanced clinical responsibility and work with all aspects of the health system. Rural doctors with medical education experience will be available to support you. Assessment will be as per discipline requirements of GP and rural medicine rotations.

The rural locations available in 2016 include: Baralaba, Barcaldine, Beaudesert, Blackbutt, Boonah, Clermont, Kilcoy, Montville, Moura, Murgon/Cherbourg, Roma, St George, Texas, Theodore, Windamere, Wondai.

The application process involves the provision of a detailed statement (maximum one page) addressing the following points:

  • Any previous experience living/working in a rural/remote area
  • Whether you have membership and active involvement with TROHPIQ
  • Any attendance/presentations at events or conferences of rural significance
  • If you have undertaken electives in other years of the MBBS program in a rural/remote area
  • If you are a current rural scholarshop holder eg. MRBSS, RAMUS, John Flynn
  • What you can contribute and what you hope to gain from undertaking extended rural placement
  • Any other information which would demonstrate an interest, in and commitment to, health in rural/remote communities

Students wanting to participate in the program will need to be of good academic standing and have a keen interest in rural and primary care.

To assist students, the following support services are available:

  • Accommodation is provided for all students during at their placement location.
  • A  Placement Allowance for both rotations to defray the costs involved in travelling to and living at a placement site.  Students are responsible for organising their own travel arrangements.
  •  IT resources and support to facilitate the learning experience.

Further student information and an application form.

Closing date for applications 25th May 2015.

General Enquiries Email:

Laura Aboriginal Dance Festival


Interested in representing TROHPIQ on a fun and rewarding trip north to the annual Laura Aboriginal Dance Festival?

We will be sending 5 students to share a stall with RHINO (JCU rural health club) promoting health and health careers while also having plenty of time to take in the fun and experience much of the great culture that the festival has to offer.

This trip is open to both allied health and medical students so apply now to get involved!

When: June 18-21
How much: The majority of the cost is subsidised by TROHPIQ, but we are asking for a $150 student contribution (plus food costs). Travel and accommodation costs are covered.