Professional development grants for the rural health workforce.

The Health Workforce Scholarship Program is an initiative of the Australian Government Department of Health, administered in Western Australia by Rural Health West.

The Program provides scholarships and bursaries to help health professionals in remote and rural Australia retain and enhance their skills, capacity and scope of practice.

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Rural medical, nursing, midwifery, dentistry and allied health professionals, including Aboriginal health practitioners can apply for funding  towards:

  • Undertaking further postgraduate study.
  • Development and upskilling courses.
  • One-off payments to cover the cost of training or course fees and/or to cover or partially cover some training-related expenses such as travel, where appropriate.

Applications for the Health Workforce Scholarship Program have recently closed. Funding round 5 will open later this year. 

Please read the full Program Guidelines to see if you are eligible to receive a grant.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the eligibility criteria?

Applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria to apply:

  • Working in the field of medicine, nursing, midwifery, dentistry or allied health (including Aboriginal health practitioners) providing primary care
  • Working or intending to work in MM 3-7 location (ie. you have a service or employment agreement)
  • Working in private practice, an Aboriginal Medical Service or non-government organisation
  • Skills or knowledge gained through intended study must help address an identified health need in the community.
You are not eligible if you are employed solely by the state government.
What health professions are eligible for the Health Workforce Scholarship Program?
The following professions are eligible to apply:
  • Medical practitioners
  • Nurses/midwives
  • Dentists
  • Allied health professionals
  • Aboriginal health practitioners
How do I apply for funding through the Health Workforce Scholarship Program?
Applications are online and will open on the following dates;
Round 4 - 20 March 2019
Round 5 - 25 September 2019

I am a student. Am I eligible to apply?
Unfortunately, students are not eligible to apply.
The HWSP is only available to medical, nursing, midwifery, dentistry, allied health professionals, including Aboriginal health practitioners who are providing or intending to provide services (which can be demonstrated through a service agreement or contract) in a MM 3-7 location.
What are Modified Monash (MM) 3-7 locations?
The Modified Monash model (MM) is a geographical classification system which better categorises metropolitan, regional, rural and remote areas according to both geographical remoteness and town size (DoctorConnect 2017).

The HWSP is available to health professionals located in or providing services to areas categorised as Modified Monash (MM) 3-7 locations. You can find the classification of a location via the DoctorConnect website.
What kind of training and study will be supported?
We will consider a wide range of study and training options, including online courses.

Courses and activities do not need to be accredited, but will be assessed by Rural Health West for relevance, value for money and the likelihood to meet the identified need.

Can I apply more than once?
Yes, you are welcome to submit applications for more than one course either across multiple rounds, or within the same round. The total value of all funding awarded to one recipient cannot exceed more than $10,000 in one year.
I'm an employer. Can I apply on behalf of one of my employees?
Unfortunately, you are not eligible to apply on behalf of your employees for the Health Workforce Scholarship Program. Only individual applications will be accepted.

If an employer will be covering the cost of training, the individual is not eligible to apply.
I work in Western Australia, but live in another state or territory. Am I still eligible to apply?
Yes, if you work in Western Australia, you apply through Rural Health West, regardless of where you live.

If you are working outside of WA, please visit the website for your relevant Rural Workforce Agency: 


What is a Return of Service Obligation?
A Return of Service Obligation (RoSO) will be applicable to some successful recipients to ensure rural communities receive the benefit of the additional training and development sponsored through the program. Rural Health West will help recipients to complete their RoSO. The longest RoSO is 12 months.

Who do I contact for further information?
Please contact Rural Health West for further information about the HWSP.
Phone: 08 6389 4500
The Health Workforce Scholarship Program is an initiative of the Australian Government Department of Health, administered in Western Australia by Rural Health West.