Professional development grants for the rural health workforce.

The Health Workforce Scholarship Program provides support to health professionals in rural, regional and remote Australia to develop their skills, capacity and scope of practice.

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The Health Workforce Scholarship Program is an initiative of the Australian Government Department of Health designed to improve access to health services needed in rural areas.  Watch the video below to learn more or download the flyer.

The Health Workforce Scholarship Program enables medical, nursing, midwifery and allied health professionals to apply for scholarships and bursaries for the following:

  • Undertaking further post-graduate 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 accommodation and transport, where appropriate.

 

Application information

Applications for Round 1 open on Monday 20 November and will close on Wednesday 20 December 2017. You must apply prior to the application round closing date. There will be two application rounds per year. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Health Workforce Scholarship Program?
The Health Workforce Scholarship Program (HWSP) is a new initiative of the Australian Government Department of Health to improve access to health services in rural and remote areas by helping medical, nursing, midwifery and allied health professionals to access ongoing study and development.

Under the HWSP, medical and health professionals working in rural and remote locations (MMM 3-7) can apply for scholarships and bursaries to pursue further education or attend training courses.
How do I apply for a scholarship or bursary through the Health Workforce Scholarship Program?
Round 1 opens on 20 November 2017 and will close on 20 December 2017. You must apply before the closing date.

Applications can be submitted online via the online form. Or you can download and print a PDF and email it to hwsp@ruralhealthwest.com.au
What health professions are eligible for the Health Workforce Scholarship Program?
The following professions are eligible to apply:
  • General practitioners
  • Nurses / Midwives
  • Allied health professionals
  • Aboriginal Health Workers
Note: You must be working in a rural location (MMM 3-7).
What kind of training and study will be supported?
We will consider a wide range of study and training options, including online courses, however the training or study you pursue must help address an identified health need within the community. 

Individuals can apply for a scholarship to support a portion of their postgraduate course fees, even if already receiving a portion from another non-government grant/fund.

Awarded scholarships can be up to the value of $10,000 per year, however individuals may also apply for a bursary or support payment to assist with transport and accommodation costs, as long as the total value does not exceed $10,000 per year.
What are MMM 3-7 locations?
The Modified Monash Model (MMM) 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 Health Workforce Scholarship Program is available to health professionals located in or providing services to areas categorised as MMM 3-7. You can find the classification of a location via the DoctorConnect website.
Am I guaranteed to receive a scholarship or bursary?
No. You must meet the eligibility criteria in order to be considered to receive a scholarship or bursary.

All applications will be assessed against the needs of the community. Scholarships and bursaries 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 healthcare professional. Am I eligible to apply?
Possibly. The Health Workforce Scholarship Program is available to medical, nursing, midwifery and allied health professionals that meet the following criteria:
  • Currently practise in Australia.
  • Live in or provide services to areas categorised as MMM 3-7 (please visit the DoctorConnect website for more information).
  • Employed by a private organisation, Aboriginal Medical Service or non-government organisation.
Please contact Rural Health West if you are unsure of your eligibility.
I am a high school student. Am I eligible to apply?
Unfortunately, you are not eligible for the Health Workforce Scholarship Program. The program is only available to practising medical, nursing, midwifery and allied health professionals.
I am an undergraduate medical, nursing or allied health student. Am I eligible to apply?
Unfortunately, you are not eligible for the Health Workforce Scholarship Program. The program is only available to practising medical, nursing, midwifery and allied health professionals.
I am an organisation representing health professionals. Am I eligible?
Unfortunately, you are not eligible to apply on behalf of your employees for the Health Workforce Scholarship Program. Only individual applications will be accepted.
I work in Western Australia, but live in another state or territory. Am I still eligible to apply?
Yes, the Health Workforce Scholarship Program is open to health professionals in the fields of medicine, nursing, midwifery or allied health (including Aboriginal Health Workers) who work and provide services to MMM 3 – 7 Western Australian rural and remote communities.
I am working in a rural location outside of Western Australia. Can I apply?
Yes, you can apply for a scholarship or bursary through your State or Territory's Rural Workforce Agency.

New South Wales - NSW Rural Doctors Network
Northern Territory - Northern Territory PHN
Queensland - Health Workforce Queensland
South Australia - Rural Doctors Workforce Agency of South Australia
Victoria - Rural Workforce Agency Victoria
Tasmania - HR+ Tasmania

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.

For further information about ROSO, please contact Rural Health West.
Will the scholarships be means tested?
No. Scholarships will be awarded based on the needs of the community.

All applications will be assessed against the needs of the community. Scholarships and bursaries 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.
Who do I contact for further information?
Please contact Rural Health West for further information about the Health Workforce Scholarship Program.
Email: hwsp@ruralhealthwest.com.au
Phone: (08) 6389 4500
Rural Health West administers the Health Workforce Scholarship Program on behalf of the Australian Government Department of Health.