A Melbourne postgraduate has lost her Imperial Postgraduate Scholarship after being diagnosed with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder.
The 23-year-old woman, who wished to remain anonymous, told The Age that her first postgraduate postgraduate degree was at Melbourne University, and she had no idea that she would be taking her degree on to the University of Melbourne’s postgraduate medical school.
“I thought I’d be going to Melbourne University and studying medicine, and it’s actually gone to Melbourne, and I don’t know where else I’d been to,” she said.
“It was all so confusing.”
The university said that it is working with the woman to find a way to make her postgraduate education and the medical course available to other students.
“As soon as this issue has been addressed, the university is looking to work with the university to ensure students who may have had concerns about their eligibility are able to complete their degree at the University,” a university spokesperson said.
The woman, from the north-west of the state, had not received any notification from the university when she made her decision to leave her Imperial scholarship.
“After the first semester I was on the waitlist for my medical degree and had to wait a long time,” she explained.
“So it’s been a really long time.”
The last year or so I’ve been on my own, so I’m feeling really stressed.
“My life is a mess, I’ve lost everything.”
The woman said she is now dealing with mental health issues.
“In the past year, I started going to a support group for people who are dealing with PTSD and depression, and the people there were really helpful and supportive,” she continued.
“They said I should talk to my GP and they’d get me on the right medication.”
That’s the last thing I needed.
“The postgraduate study will require the woman spend five months in the hospital for psychological assessment and medication, and to take the postgraduate course at the university.