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Purple Bush Medicine Leaves Bursary Program [2024]

Bursary Program 2024

Now in its fourth year, the launch of the 2024 Purple Bush Medicine Leaves Bursary Program, (on Sunday 26 May 2024) coincides with National Sorry Day and at the commencement of National Reconciliation Week, with this year’s theme being “Now More Than Ever”.
Lydia Pitcher
Bursary Program Co-Convenor
"Thank you for the wonderful applications and to our supporters and sponsors who have made this possible again in 2023! We look forward to our announcing the selection panel’s decision next week during NAIDOC celebrations (Sunday 2-9 July 2023). Read the stories of the 2021 and 2022 recipients."
Lydia Pitcher

About the Bursary Program

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

Thank you to our Donors and Sponsors

Our sincere thanks to the growing group of supporters and sponsors, who have once again committed to the Purple Bush Medicine Leaves Program in 2024.

In particular, we thank to Ms Leann Wilson, from Regional Economic Solutions, our other founding sponsors Ochre Health and Myuma ,  and of course members and donors of AFMW.

We also welcome back our 2023 supporterthe Healing Foundation. Watch the Story of the Healing Foundation describing the role of this organisation in addressing intergenerational trauma – and hence the willingness to support the Purple Bush Medicine Leaves Bursary Program.

See also the AFMW Submission in Support of Uluru Statement from the Heart.


We offer two methods to submit an application. You can apply online now by completing the application form below, or if you prefer you can download the MS Word application and email the completed application to us by the due date.

Submit Online Application

Ready to apply? Please complete all sections of the following application form:

1. Secondary Studies

2. Tertiary Studies

3. Additional Work And Training

4. Other Comments

Personal Statement

This section forms a critical part of your application. Please address all criteria.   In 500 words or less, (dot point form is acceptable) please address the:
  • Eligibility criteria
  • Selection criteria.
Note: Information beyond the limit of 500 words may not be considered   We would also like to know a little about you:
  • The reason for your application, including the event you plan to attend and why
  • Your achievements in your previous studies
  • Your main interests and activities
  • Your aspirations for the future in your medical career


Please provide the name and contact details of two referees. It is important to let the referees know that they may be contacted as part of the selection process.

These referees should know you in a personal or a professional capacity or both– e.g. Dean of the Medical School, a tutor, teacher, colleague or community representative.

Application Checklist

This Checklist helps you to confirm that you have all the information needed for your Application. The Checklist does not suffice on its own as an Application. Please complete the following Checklist, then submit it along with the additional information needed to support your application for the Bursary.
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