MEDIA RELEASE: 4 June, 2020

The Public Education Foundation (PEF) is delighted to announce that Hannah Rivers of Cumnock Public School, NSW, is this year’s recipient of the Public Education Foundation’s Teachers Health Early Career Scholarship.

This scholarship supports public school teachers who are in the first three years of their teaching careers, with Teachers Health providing $10,000 for professional development activities. Hannah is in her third year of teaching Stages 1 and 2 (years 2-4) at the school, 58km north-west of Orange.


Our partnership with the Public Education Foundation is one of the ways we give back to the education community; it’s a partnership we’re proud of,” said Brad Joyce, Teachers Health CEO. “This year’s recipient, Hannah Rivers, has already demonstrated her passion for education and dedication to her students, community and the teaching profession. We’re delighted to be supporting Hannah’s professional development through the Teachers Health Early Career Scholarship.”

Hannah Rivers is a committed young teacher who is passionate about her students and her profession,” David Hetherington, the Public Education Foundation’s Executive Director, said.  “We are excited to be able to support her as she continues to build a successful career in teaching.”

I am deeply humbled and honoured to be awarded the Early Career Teaching Scholarship. The scholarship will provide me with career-changing opportunities to pursue experiences and professional learning that I would not have access to otherwise,” said scholarship recipient Hannah Rivers. “I am excited to implement the new knowledge and skills I gain to improve my teaching and support my local community in the Central West.”

Teachers Health was created by teachers for teachers over 60 years ago – the only health fund built from day one to benefit the education community.  Today, Teachers Health looks after over 354,000 teachers, education staff, and their families around Australia.  As a not-for-profit fund and Australia’s largest industry-based health fund, Teachers Health puts people before profits and offers the best possible value to its members.  They also give back to the education community, through scholarships, sponsorships and health and wellbeing programs.

The Public Education Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to providing life-changing scholarships to students and educators in public education, and enhancing the value and reputation of public education.


For more information:  David Hetherington, PEF, +61 2 7814 2805,