Professional development grants for the rural health workforce.

The Health Workforce Scholarship Program (HWSP) is an initiative of the Australian Government Department of Health designed to improve access to health services needed in rural areas.

The Program aims to support health professionals in rural and remote Australia to develop 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.

How-to-apply-round-3-opensRegister your email address to receive information on the next round. Email

Click here to read the full Program Guidelines before applying.

Frequently Asked Questions

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
Note: You must be working in a rural location (MM 3-7).
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.
How do I apply for funding through the Health Workforce Scholarship Program?
Rural Health West will have two application rounds per year. The next round is:
Round 3 - Wednesday 26 September 2018

Applications will be online through the website once the round opens. In the meantime, send an email to to register your interest.
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.
Am I guaranteed to receive a scholarship or bursary?
No. All applications that meet the eligibility criteria will be assessed against the needs of the community. Funding will be awarded to those who wish to undertake study and training that will help to fill a service gap or address the health needs of specific communities.
I am a student. Am I eligible to apply?
Unfortunately, students are not eligible to apply.
The HWSP is only available to practising medical, nursing, midwifery, dentistry, allied health professionals, including Aboriginal health practitioners who are providing services in a MM 3-7 location.
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 and must be served in a MM 3-7 location.

Who do I contact for further information?
Please contact Rural Health West for further information about the HWSP.
Phone: 08 6389 4500
Rural Health West administers the Health Workforce Scholarship Program on behalf of the Australian Government Department of Health.