Gervase, Dean of the School of Medicine Fremantle

Pastoral care and support for students are key for Professor Gervase Chaney, Dean of the School of Medicine, Fremantle. “We ensure that they’ve got psychological support in different means including from Head of Student Matters, the counselling service, Campus Ministry, and other ways. We also ensure that we treat each student personally. We know them by name, we ensure that we know something about them and they are really treated as part of our community”.

For some students, unexpected financial hardships present a barrier these other support mechanisms cannot address. In response, the School of Medicine, Fremantle has created a new fund to provide assistance to students in times of crisis. The Medical Students’ Assistance Fund (MSAF) will “provide financial support to students experiencing difficulties” explains Professor Chaney.

This is really a fund that enables us to provide support to students who might hit a period of financial difficulty or crisis. We can provide some emergency support to them and get them beyond that period of crisis.

It’s not ongoing financial support, but will help students who become overwhelmed with  an unexpected burden. Being a medical student is stressful, and this fund will help to relieve situations that are out of the student’s control.

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