AIF Malaya Nursing Scholarship

The nursing training provided by the Scholarship has changed over the years in line with the changes in the nursing profession. For over twenty-five years now, Curtin University in Western Australia has contributed to the scholarship in the form of tuition fees for recipients and provided invaluable support to the students.

Guests at this year’s event included AIF Scholarship Board Chairman, Major General (Ret.) Mike O’Brien, and other Board Members; Professor Phill Della, from Curtin, Ms Sharon Maclean (Lecturer in Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine), and other Curtin staff; representatives from the Australian Defence Force; representatives of Fremantle Legacy; representatives of Australian Red Cross, including Mrs Di Buckles (Chairman of Red Cross in WA), and Mr Abdul Hadi Mustaffa, representing the Consul General of Malaysia.

General O’Brien commented that the longevity of this living memorial was testament to the foresight in its establishment, and its value to recipients, and in forging healthy relationships between Australia, Malaysia and Singapore.

Ms Sarah Fulford provided an enthralling account of survival, resilience and courage, as she described the wartime journey of those nurses who survived the sinking of the ship “Vyner Brooke” as they attempted to escape a beleaguered Singapore.

Further information on the Scholarship is available from Ms Sheila Rod, at Australian Red Cross, on (08) 9225 1905.