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CPA allied health scholarship program

Our Allied Health Scholarship Program recognises the needs of students to plan their transition into the workplace. We provide valuable clinical experience and support to explore your preferred field of expertise in your final year of study. We offer a limited number of scholarships in Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy and Speech Pathology through Cerebral Palsy Alliance’s university partners.

Who can apply?

Scholarships will be offered to students in their third year of undergraduate study, or first year of Masters study, for clinical placement to be undertaken in the final year of study at a CPA Therapy Centre. Currently scholarships are available in the disciplines of Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy and Speech Pathology with Cerebral Palsy Alliance’s partner Universities.

Scholarships involve a rigorous application process to a panel, comprising university personnel, the relevant clinical consultant and the student coordination manager. Scholarships are awarded to exceptional students who demonstrate genuine interest in disability and excellence in academic achievement. Scholarships include access to supervision from a senior clinician and a $1500 payment upon successful completion of the placement.

University partners include:

  • Australian Catholic University
  • Canberra University
  • University of Newcastle
  • Charles Sturt University
  • Sydney University
  • Western Sydney University

Eligibility

Scholarships will be offered to students in their third year of undergraduate study or first year of Masters study, for clinical placement to be undertaken in the final year of study. Currently the scholarships are available in the disciplines of Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy and Speech Pathology with Cerebral Palsy Alliance’s university partners.

To be eligible student need to be:

  • Enrolled full time in their allied health discipline
  • Australian citizen, New Zealand citizen or Australian permanent resident
  • Available to undertake one of their final year fieldwork placements with Cerebral Palsy Alliance
  • Interested in the field of disability and paediatrics, a particular interest in cerebral palsy would also be desirable
  • Interested in pursuing a career in the field of disability
  • Strong academic and/or practical achievements in the paediatric components of their studies
  • Students must have a satisfactory academic achievement and pass all practical units prior to their final practicum.

What is included in the Scholarship?

  • A maximum of $1500 will be awarded to the successful applicant, usually on completion of their placement.
  • The student’s final clinical practicum will be completed at Cerebral Palsy Alliance.
  • At the completion of their placement the student will provide a 500-word report and feedback on their placement experience.

How to apply

  • Confirm your University is one of Cerebral Palsy Alliance’s partners in the scholarship program.
  • Discuss your interest with your faculty staff.
  • Submit an application to the person responsible for administering scholarships in your discipline at your university by the due date.
  • Applications should be in writing and demonstrate how the eligibility requirements have been met. This would normally consist of a letter of application including evidence of interest in paediatric and disability and evidence of achievement in your studies and practical experience.

 

For further information please contact us by email students@cerebralpalsy.org.au.