Mental Health Scholarships Worth $13,000 Over Two Academic Years

Mental Health Scholarships Worth $13,000 Over Two Academic Years

Western Australia Minister for Mental Health Helen Morton

Minister Applauds Mental Health Scholarship Winners

Victor P Taffa

Mental Health Minister Helen Morton said the State Government continued to encourage better understanding of patients through academic research by awarding 35 scholarships for postgraduate study into mental health.

Mrs. Morton said 70 scholarships worth $910,000 were available through the Mental Health Commission to mental health nurses or clinicians wanting to enhance their knowledge with a graduate diploma in mental health studies.

Promoting a wide range of the fields, including occupational therapy, psychology and social work, the Minister said she was delighted by the response to the scheme, which is worth $13,000 for each scholarship over two academic years.

Mrs. Morton said doctors, practitioners, social workers and counsellors who canvassed ideas and methodology of mental health practice through academic study could only enhance the lives of the people they treat.

 

“I am heartened by the number of strong applications from across the State.” Mrs. Morton said.

“Candidates came from all mental health sectors and professions, with the majority of successful candidates working in nursing and social work.”

“I am especially pleased that successful candidates included professionals from rural and remote regions, as well as people with a lived experience of a mental health illness.” Mrs. Morton said.

The Minister said the State Government was committed to providing new learning opportunities and further enhancing current levels of expertise.

“The aim of the scholarships is to provide Western Australia with the finest mental health workforce.” Mrs. Morton said.

“These scholarships will advance mental health skills development and employee retention.”

Mental Health social worker Angie Jefferys, who works in the Mid-West region, will take up a scholarship to study at The University of Western Australia.

“In rural and remote WA, we do not have access to the large range of support services that exist in the city, so I often don’t have the luxury of referring a person to another service that can meet their particular mental health needs.” Ms. Jefferys said.

“The scholarship means I can continue to formally update my skills and knowledge in mental health issues to ensure I am providing the best possible evidence-based practice to my clients and their families.”

Like Ms. Jefferys, the majority of successful candidates will take up scholarships to study graduate certificates in mental health.

Another 35 scholarships will be awarded by the Mental Health Commission next year. Applications open at the end of 2011.