Professional development grants for the rural health workforce.

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

Health Workforce Scholarship Program-rural health professionals-Rural Health West

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

From 1 July 2017, the HWSP will be delivered via the Rural Workforce Agencies (RWAs) in each state and territory. The RWAs will be working closely with Primary Health Networks, local and state governments and other workforce planning groups to determine what skills are needed and where. Read the Australian Government’s media announcement about the HWSP.


The Scholarship can be used for the following:

  • Post-graduate medical, nursing or allied health professionals undertaking further study.
  • Support payments to rural health professionals in the field of medicine, nursing and allied health participating in development and upskilling courses.
  • One-off bursary 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.


The HWSP guidelines and eligibility criteria are currently in development and more information will be available in the near future. No scholarships will be awarded until the final guidelines have been complete.

The Program will be available to eligible medical, nursing and allied health professionals working in primary healthcare who are not employed by the relevant State Government and located in, or providing services to, areas categorised as MMM 3-7 under the Modified Monash Model (MMM). Support may be directed to health professionals already working in areas experiencing a shortage of services, or to those who are willing to provide services in areas of shortage following the completion of their further training or post-graduate studies. 

For further information about the program, please contact Rural Health West.

Rural Workforce Agencies

Health Recruitment Plus Tasmania-Ruralplacements
Health Workforce Queensland-Ruralplacements
NT PHN-Ruralplacements
NSW Rural Doctors Network-Ruralplacements
Rural Doctors Workforce Agency of South Australia-Ruralplacements
Rural Health West logo-Ruralplacements
Rural Workforce Agency Victoria