Member for Clarence Chris Gulaptis describes Clarence Valley youths as “proven state leaders in facing mental health challenges in regional NSW”, and are therefore in pole position to claim new school counsellor scholarships being offered by the Nationals in NSW Government.
“We have led the way on issues like regional youth suicide prevention with groups like Our Healthy Clarence, which NSW Minister for Mental Health Bronnie Taylor was so impressed with,” Mr Gulaptis said.
“That is why the Nationals in NSW Government want to prioritise student wellbeing by ensuring a strong pipeline of qualified mental health professionals in our schools and that starts with 80 school counsellor scholarships.”
While the impacts of Covid-19, drought, floods and bushfires have increased the importance of mental health care for young people across NSW, Mr Gulaptis said choosing a career as a school counsellor or psychologist means those people “will have an opportunity to have a meaningful impact on the lives of students.”
There are three scholarships on offer including a training program for teachers to become a school counsellor, a program for psychology graduates to gain experience in schools, and a rural scholarship program for participants with an existing psychology qualification to work in rural and remote schools while completing their masters.
Minister for Education Sarah Mitchell said the scholarship will cover the cost of tuition fees up to $30000.
“School counsellors and psychologists are so important for our communities, especially during challenging periods with uncertainties like Covid-19, and they can make a real difference to the lives of children and young people,” she said.
“We want to encourage more graduates to consider meaningful careers in our schools.”
Information and application details are available online at education.nsw.gov.au