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February 1, 2007


The first recipients of West Coast District Health Board Scholarships were last night given the opportunity to meet their future mentors.

Thirteen West Coasters who have signalled a desire to begin careers in health have been awarded scholarships to the value of $1500 each.

The DHB has been working towards establishing a scholarship programme on the West Coast for several years and was delighted that it had now come to fruition.

"Ensuring we have young West Coasters entering careers in health and helping them to see this region as an attractive location to work in their chosen profession is a significant part of our plans for the future," Chief Executive Kevin Hague said.

Mr Hague said through the DHB's draft Secondary Care Plan the organisation was looking at ways to ensure the current levels of service could be maintained in this region well into the future and attracting young health professionals back to the West Coast was a big part of that.

"We were overwhelmed by the sheer number of applicants for scholarships and its clear we have some truly talented and ambitious young people in this region."

Mr Hague said as well as providing some financial assistance the scholarship programme also helped to put recipients in touch with mentors.

"We have fantastic people working in this region to deliver an excellent service and the scholarship programme is a great opportunity for young people to see the positives of working in health on the West Coast."

Many of those in attendance at last nights function leave this week to either begin, or for some, to continue their studies.

"We wish them all the best of luck with their studies."

Amongst the scholarship recipients are people intending on careers in medicine, nursing, medical research, dietetics, physiotherapy and radiology.

For more information please contact
Vikki Carter
Community Liaison Officer
03 768 0499, Extn. 2665
027 245 9595

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