A shortage of psychologists in rural areas often begins during training, with too few students able to undertake placements in remote areas, even if they hope to work in such contexts on graduation. Now a scholarship program reported in InPsych, the APS member magazine, aims to alleviate that.

The Services for Rural and Remote Allied Health (SARRAH) organisation offers an array of scholarships to fund studies for psychologists and other allied health professionals from remote areas, as well as offering clinical placements in rural and remote areas for current students. Applications for the 2012 scholarships have just opened.

The SARRAH website, www.sarrah.org.au, has more information on the scholarships, while the sister site has resources for those hopeing to establish careers in remote and rural areas.

To read more on the experience of current psychology students on rural placements, read the full article in the June 2011 edition of InPsych.