A local Sale couple has generously launched a scholarship program to support nurses in the Wellington Shire with their further education costs.

Jenny O’Neill and Gerard Callinan established the Amy Roseby O’Neill and Nancy Callinan Scholarship program in memory of their nursing mothers, who were passionate about their professions.

The scholarships will see recipients receive assistance of up to $1500 in any given year. The contribution of Ms O’Neill and Mr Callinan has been matched by Central Gippsland Health (CGH) and will see $10,000 in total available to local nurses. The Scholarship will run for 10 years and the first round of applications closes on 30 April 2019.

Nancy Callinan was a psychiatric nurse who worked in Ireland and Amy Roseby ONeill was a general nurse who worked in rural NSW and Sydney.

“Both of our mothers were proud of their professions and would be pleased to know this scholarship will assist nurses in their career development,” Mr Callinan explained.

CGH Chief Executive Officer, Frank Evans, said the contribution was in line with the service’s mission to provide health and community services that will best meet the current and future needs of the community.

“This extends to contributing to this scholarship by way of supporting our local community with learning pathways and opportunities to expand their careers,” he said.

Applicants must live and work in the Wellington Shire and the Scholarship can be used for things like course fees, materials, accommodation travel and childcare. Home support workers are also encouraged to apply to upskill and complete their enrolled nurse training.

More information about the scholarship, including the application process, can be accessed via the scholarship website at www.amyandnancy.com.au.



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