Financial support for partners of rural doctors.

Partners of rural general practitioners, hospital doctors and medical specialists can apply for a grant to assist with training and education expenses to enhance their employment opportunities whilst living in a rural location.

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"With the assistance of a Partner Education Grant, 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." 
– Partner Education Grant recipient.

Funding Rounds

Round 1 applications are NOW OPENGrants of up to $1,000 are available per applicant.

Round 1: August 2017 to December 2017
Round 2: January 2018 to June 2018

Grants may be used to reimburse costs associated with study, for example training fees, tuition, purchase of books, equipment and materials. 

Over the past four years Rural Health West is proud to have supported over 80 partners with grants of up to $1,000. The following are just some of the ways that Partner Education Grants have been utilised:

  • Heavy machinery license
  • Certificate II Spoken and Written English
  • Masters in Project Management
  • Conference registration for professional development
  • Diploma of Graphic Design
  • Medical Reception and Practice Management training
  • Driver's license
  • Membership to professional associations
  • Barista course
  • Certificate III in Children Services

How to apply

Interested partners should:

  • be the partner of a currently practising Western Australian rural general practitioner, hospital doctor or medical specialist, both living in a rural or remote location;
  • read the Partner Education Grants guidelines and eligibility criteria;
  • submit a Partner Education Grants application form; and
  • enclose course information as published by the training provider.

Applicants will be notified in writing of the outcome of their application. Applicants should anticipate that it will take a minimum of 28 days from receipt of a complete application (including completed application form and course information) for a decision to be made. 

More information

If you have read the guidelines and still have questions, please contact the Family Support Team or telephone (08) 6389 4500.