Luke Cantley Awarded Fazulla Scholarship

09 Jun 2022
Luke Cantley Awarded Fazulla Scholarship

Former SAHMRI researcher, Luke Cantley has been awarded the 2022 Neville Fazulla Aboriginal Health Memorial Scholarship.

The scholarship exists to increase the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people studying at university within non-clinical health related fields, acknowledging the importance of non-clinical roles within the health workforce.

“Being the scholarship recipient is one of the most amazing things that I’ve been able to achieve in my life,” Mr Cantley said.

“This is really important to me because it cements my connection to SAHMRI.”

Luke is currently undertaking a degree in social work and says the scholarship will make all the difference to him being able to afford his return to university.

“We care for someone with a disability in our home, so we survive off a single income and that makes the cost of studying quite an issue.”

“The scholarship will take some of the pressure off my wife and I and allow me to study without the added stress. It really is invaluable.”

The scholarship will allow Luke to help build on Neville Fazulla’s legacy, through work dedicated to improving the health system's response to the unique needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

“I was fortunate enough to work alongside Neville while I was at SAHMRI and this is a great opportunity for me to be able to continue that work in a non-clinical space and create change.”

Watch Luke's acceptance speech below

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