Scholarship boosts reproductive health in rural NSW

The Tony McGrane Rural Scholarship for Nursing in Reproductive Health will be announced shortly, enabling a RN in rural NSW to undertake the FPA Health Postgraduate Certificate course in Sexual and Reproductive Heath (Nursing), accredited by the Royal College of Nursing.

The Tony McGrane Rural Scholarship is an acknowledgement of the challenges many rural people face in accessing appropriate reproductive and sexual health care.

Last year’s scholarship recipient, Susan Brown, RN and midwife from Brewarrina, said, ‘There is no way I could have afforded to do the course without this scholarship. It provided funds for the course cost and also for my travel to Sydney for exams, face-to-face training and clinical placements and my accommodation during those periods.’

RNs with two years’ post-basic experience, and working in a rural or remote area of NSW, can apply for the scholarship. It is awarded to the nurses who can best demonstrate that completing this course would improve the reproductive and sexual health outcomes for their rural or remote community.

Susan said, ‘Since I have completed the certificate I have obtained a position as a women’s health nurse – which is wonderful because there hasn’t been one in this area for about three years. The scholarship opened up options for improving my own career and women’s health in isolated areas.’