Professional Development Grants for Partners

Partners of Western Australian rural medical practitioners, nurses, midwives and allied health professionals can apply for funding to assist with the cost of training and education so as to enhance their career and employment opportunities whilst living in a rural location.


The 2021/2022 round of Partner Education Grants is now closed. The next round will open in July 2022.

If you would like to be added to the PEG 22/23 Expression of Interest list for the next round, please email [email protected]

Thinking of applying? Please read the Frequently Asked Questions below.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the eligibility criteria?

You are eligible for a Partner Education Grant if you are:

  • The partner of a currently practicing Western Australian rural medical practitioner, nurse, midwife or allied health professional.
  • Living in a regional, rural or remote Western Australian location with your medical practitioner, nurse, midwife or allied health partner.
  • Not the recipient of a Partner Education Grant in the past two financial years (last time you received it would have been June 2018 - July 2019, or before).
  • Undertaking professional development within this financial year (2021 – 2022).
  • Able to provide Rural Health West with original tax receipts/invoice demonstrating personal payment of training or education expenses mentioned in your application, NO LATER than Wednesday 1 June 2022.
  • Not in receipt of any other scholarships, bursaries or grants that support this training or education.
  • Willing to provide a brief article and photo to be used for promotion by Rural Health West, if successful.

Please note: Meeting eligibility criteria is not a guarantee of receiving a Partner Education Grant.

What can a Partner Education Grant be used for?
Financial support via a grant can be used towards:
  • Course fees
  • Professional Development such as webinars, online courses , conference registration fees
  • Postgraduate studies
  • Membership to professional associations
  • Training related expenses such as course resources, direct travel and accommodation costs
The following are just some of the ways Partner Education Grants have supported rural West Australian partners to previously:
  • Heavy machinery license
  • Certificate II Spoken and Written English
  • Masters in Project Management
  • Certificate III in Children Services
  • Diploma of Graphic Design
  • Medical Reception and Practice Management training
  • Driving lessons
  • Barista course
  • Certificate in Sexual and Reproductive Health
  • Certificate IV in Small Business
  • Graduate Certificate Counselling
  • Flying and Navigation training
  • Real Estate licence
  • Personal Training
  • Safety training and tickets
How do I apply for a Partner Education Grant?
  1. Ensure you meet the eligibility criteria.
  2. Apply online (above) or download a Partner Education Grant application form (PDF) and submit via:
    Email: [email protected]
    Fax: 08 6389 4501
  3. You will be notified via email regarding the success of your application.
How are Partner Education Grants paid to recipients?
Successful recipients will need to complete a Rural Health West reimbursement form and submit it along with tax receipt/invoices demonstrating payment of your expenses in line with the approved professional development.

All completed paperwork must be submitted to Rural Health West NO LATER than Wednesday 1 June 2022. However, the sooner you return all paperwork the sooner your Partner Education Grant will be paid into your nominated bank account. Please allow 30 days for your payment to be processed.  

Partner Education Grants are administered within financial years (July – June), with limited funding available. Grants will be approved as they are submitted
Can I apply more than once?
Only one application can be approved per partner per financial year, and there must be at least two years between successful applications.
Who funds the Partner Education Grants?
Partner Education Grants are funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and administered by Rural Health West.
How do I contact for more information?
If you require more information please contact Jen Maughan, Family Program Coordinator on telephone 08 6389 4500 or email [email protected]