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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Scholarships set to delve into the heart

Story courtesy the Koori Mail

Western Sydney University and GE Healthcare will offer a scholarship for Indigenous people looking to enrol in the university's Graduate Diploma of Cardiac Sonography.

Valued at $10,000 a year over the two years of the degree, the scholarship will provide financial help for the students studying how to use ultrasound acquired images to identify and measure heart disease.

School of Medicine dean Professor Annemarie Hennessy says the scholarship will provide much-needed assistance for Indigenous students who may otherwise lack the means to pursue tertiary education.

“Cardiovascular disease is a major cause of death in Australia, and diagnosing and properly treating existing conditions will make a big difference to the health outcomes of the region, and also the nation,” she said.

“It is our hope these scholarship recipients will not only help combat cardiovascular disease in Australia, but also to one day become medical leaders in the community.”

GE Healthcare president Matt Tucker said there already was a higher than acceptable prevalence of Rheumatic Heart Disease (RHD) in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
“We hope that the skills learned at Western Sydney University bring a positive change to this situation,” Mr Tucker said.

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