AMA awards Indigenous student

An Indigenous medical student at UNSW has been awarded a scholarship by the country's peak medical body.

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An Indigenous medical student at UNSW has been awarded a scholarship by the country's peak medical body.

Sarah Dunn, a sixth-year medical student, is one of two students to be given the annual scholarship by the Australian Medical Association (AMA).

Valued at $9000 for each year of study, the scholarships provide support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students studying medicine.

"This scholarship is an excellent opportunity to encourage more Indigenous students to consider a career in medicine, particularly in Indigenous health," said AMA President Dr Mukesh Haikerwal, in presenting the scholarships.

"To me, rural general practice embodies what medicine should be," said Ms Dunn, who grew up in rural Australia and hopes to practise as a GP in a similar environment.

"Despite Australia's excellent standard of healthcare, inequalities still exist for rural and Indigenous Australians.

"I am very pleased to be in such a privileged position where it is possible to give back to the community by doing what I have always wanted to do."

Two UNSW students won the scholarships last year.

For more information, go to the AMA website