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Scholarship assists student to study nursing at Curtin

[Posted: 13 November 2013]

A practising nurse from Singapore has completed a Bachelor of Science (Nursing) Conversion degree at Curtin University thanks to an Australian Imperial Force’s (AIF) Malaya Nursing Scholarship.

Ms Janice Ong has just graduated from the degree and is the 65th recipient of the scholarship.

The prestigious scholarship is the official war memorial of the 8th Australian Division and the AIF Malaya. It recognises the help and friendship that was given to the Australian prisoners of war during their captivity by members of the local Malayan and Singaporean community.

Managed by the Australian Red Cross, the scholarship was created in 1947 and has enabled many nurses from Malaysia and Singapore to advance their educational qualifications in Australia.

Ms Ong said that she learnt a lot throughout the 10-month experience at Curtin.

“I have obtained leadership and communication skills, that have helped me to grow as an individual,” Ms Ong said.

“I also became a mentor as part of the mentoring program offered at Curtin. In this role I helped to assist new nursing students adapt to university life in Perth. I also found sharing my own experiences of the course and life in Australia were beneficial to the group of 32 students that I worked with.

“I’ve really enjoyed the culture of Australia and the people. No matter where you go, smiles and greetings are always freely offered, even to strangers.

“I’m going to apply everything I’ve learnt to become an even better nurse, and I look forward to sharing my new skills with my fellow nurse colleagues in Singapore.

The scholarship fully funds successful candidates so that they can complete the one-year Bachelor of Science (Nursing) Conversion degree at Curtin on a full-time basis.

Ms Ong’s achievement of graduating from the conversion degree was recognised at a celebration ceremony held at Curtin’s Bentley Campus on Thursday 7 November 2013.