Bursaries are available for the career development and training for spouses/partners of rural medical practitioners.

Rural Medical spouse bursaryAPPLICATIONS FOR THE 2016/2017 BURSARIES ARE CLOSED.

Rural Health West’s Medical Spouse Training Bursary is provided in recognition of the professional and career development needs of rural and remote medical spouses and partners. The bursaries are intended to enhance employment opportunities for individual applicants; particularly those who may not be able to pursue their career while living in a country town.

A limited number of bursaries are available up to a maximum of $1,000 per applicant. Bursaries may be used to reimburse costs associated with study, for example tuition fees, purchase of books, equipment and course materials. 

“Thanks to Rural Health West, I recently received a spouse training bursary. With the assistance of the bursary, I was able to attain my heavy rigid truck driver licence, helping me to diversify my skill set. In a rural area, the more skills you have, the easier it is to gain lasting employment. I am sure that this extra training will improve my likelihood of gaining employment now and into the future.” – 2015 bursary recipient.

To be eligible, applicants:

  • must be the spouse/partner of a currently practising rural general practitioner and living in a rural or remote area of Western Australia;
  • need to complete the application form and enclose course information as published by the training provider; and
  • must not be in receipt of any other scholarships or bursaries to support this training.

Applications are currently closed and will reopen in July 2017.

For further information about the Medical Spouse Training Bursary, contact the Family Support Program Officer.