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AIF scholarship awarded to Singaporean student

The School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine is proud to partner with the Australian Red Cross to support the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) Malaya Nursing Scholarship – the official War Memorial of the 8th Australian Division and the AIF Malaya. 


Major General Mike O’Brien (retired) presents Jeremy Zhang with his award.
Major General Mike O’Brien (retired) presents Jeremy Zhang with his award.

This unique ‘living memorial’ pays ongoing and fitting tribute to the men of the AIF who served and perished in Malaya and Singapore and, in a tangible and permanent form, it shows how greatly the men of the AIF Malaya appreciated the help and friendship of the people of Malaya and Singapore who, at great risk to themselves, performed so many acts of kindness for the benefit of the Australian prisoners of war.

The fund was set up in 1946, with soldiers from 8th Division and AIF Malaya subscribing directly to the fund. The Australian Red Cross also provided a significant initial contribution and has provided trustee and administrative support since its inception.

The 2016 recipient of the AIF Malaya Nursing Scholarship is Mr Jeremy Zhang from Singapore. Jeremy holds a Diploma in Nursing and an Advanced Diploma in Emergency Care from Nanyang Polytech. His area of clinical speciality is emergency care.

Jeremy is currently completing his Bachelor of Science (Nursing) with Curtin, and is the first scholarship recipient to undertake clinical practice within Australia as part of his course. Scholarship recipients are enriched by the experience of living and working in Australia. They also contribute to the learning of their Australian peers during their course of study by sharing their previous nursing and life experiences from either Malaysia or Singapore.

Written by Associate Professor Ravani Duggan

Deputy Head of School
School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine