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.
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
Applicants must meet the following eligibility to apply;
- Health Professionals who provide primary care in the role of; Medical practitioners, Nurses/midwives, Dentists, Allied health professionals, and Aboriginal health practitioners.
- 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. You are not eligible if you are employed solely by the state government.
Skills or knowledge gained through intended study must help address an identified health need in the community.
The Modified Monash Model (MMM) is a geographical classification that categorises different areas in Australia into seven remoteness categories. It was developed to better target health workforce programs to attract health professionals to more remote and smaller communities. The MMM classifies metropolitan, regional, rural and remote areas according to geographical remoteness (as defined by the Australian Bureau of Statistics), and town size.The HWSP is available to health professionals located in or providing services to areas categorised as MM 3-7 locations. Check your location via the Australian Government (Department of Health) Health Workforce Locator
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.
If an employer will be covering the cost of training, the individual is 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.
Phone: 08 6389 4500