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Young Aboriginal man Murray Haar, was awarded AMA Indigenous Peoples' Medical Scholarship for 2011. The scholarship provides support and encouragement for Indigenous students studying medicine, and is valued at $9,000 for each year of study.
Mr Haar, a third year Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery, and Bachelor of Science student at the University of New South Wales, wants to help reduce the high rates of chronic disease in Indigenous communities, and work in cardiology or mental health, as these are areas where he feels he can make the most difference to improve Indigenous health.
Mr Haar is a descendant of the Wiradjuri people of the Riverina, New South Wales. He says he hopes to inspire other Indigenous children to have similar goals and aspirations to study medicine.