CCPC launch Aboriginal scholarship program

CCPC Executive Manager, People and Culture, Susan Blanch, and Reconciliation Action Plan Committee Chair, Joel Smeaton

Coast & Country Primary Care (CCPC), based at Erina, has launched its inaugural Aboriginal Scholarship Program, which aims to improve diversity of the local community services workforce.

CCPC Board Chair, Duncan Bennet, said he was “proud to lead an organisation that creates opportunities to give back to the community”.

The scholarship program provides financial assistance for textbooks and other learning resources for Aboriginal people undertaking studies in community services related fields, and a commitment to prioritising them for their student placements.

CCPC CEO, Kathy Beverley said the program will run for three years, with eight scholarships to be awarded each year.

“Our Reconciliation Action Plan Committee is leading the implementation of the program, and we are proud to deliver meaningful outcomes of our Reconciliation Action Plan,” Beverley said.

“A Reconciliation Action Plan is a formal commitment to work towards reconciliation, endorsed by Reconciliation Australia.

“It demonstrates an ongoing commitment to the importance that culture and community have to improving the health and wellbeing and raises awareness of the challenges faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people both past and present.

“Students interested in applying for a scholarship are asked to submit a resume, proof of enrolment and a brief cover letter explaining why they have chosen their area of study.”

More details can be found at

Media release, Jul 29
Coast & Country Primary Care