From the Crikey grapevine, the latest tips and rumours …

Rural doctor scholarship to go? The federal government's Medical Rural Bonded Scholarship, according to the Department of Health, is designed to address the doctor shortage outside metropolitan areas across Australia. For wannabe doctors, it means an extra 100 Commonwealth-supported university placements annually to first-year medical students -- a $25,000 tax-free scholarship if they agree to work for six years in a rural or remote area of Australia. But one student has told Crikey she was told by the University of New South Wales the government had abandoned the scheme: