Rural Health West and the Western Australian Centre for Rural Health (WACRH) invite health science discipline, allied health and nursing students to apply for the Rural Health West Student Placement Scholarship Program.

The scholarship aims to provide students financial support to undertake a clinical or community placement for a minimum of four weeks duration (with the exception of podiatry placements which are a minimum of two weeks duration) in the Midwest and Pilbara regions of rural Western Australia. These placement scholarships are provided in collaboration with WACRH.


Pictured: Allied health students on a placement with the WACRH in Mount Magnet in the Midwest of Western Australia.



  • Eligible placements must be for a minimum of four weeks duration (with the exception of Podiatry placements which are a minimum of two weeks duration).  Preference will be given to longer placement durations, taking into account individual course requirements.
  • Eligible placements must be located in the Pilbara and Midwest Regions (For the Midwest, the priority focus is on placements in Mullewa and Mt Magnet)
  • Students must be enrolled in one of the following eligible health disciplines:


  • Dietetics
  • Exercise Sports Science 
  • Nursing 
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Podiatry 
  • Physiotherapy
  • Social Work
  • Health Promotion
  • Population Health
  • Public Health


  • Dietetics
  • Exercise Sports Science
  • Nursing 
  • Podiatry 
  • Health Promotion
  • Population Health
  • Public Health

Note:    students who are studying a health discipline not listed above may be considered eligible to apply for the scholarship on a case by case basis. 

Please email the scholarships officer at WACRH for more information.

  • Students studying Medicine are not eligible to apply.
  • Students must have an interest in rural health practice and be an active member of a student rural health club (e.g. WAALHIIBE – Western Australian Allied Health Interested in Bush Experience) and/or SPINRPHEX (Students and Practitioners Interested iN Rural Practice Health Education eXcetera).
  • Scholarship payments can only be used to assist with travel and/or accommodation expenses.
  • Maximum travel costs reimbursed will be limited to the cost of a discounted economy return flight to the Pilbara (capped at $750) or travel to the Midwest (capped at $250).  Students will be provided WACRH accommodation unless alternative arrangements are approved.
  • Students who are permanent residents in the Midwest or Pilbara regions (but enrolled in a university not based in Western Australia) are eligible to apply for the scholarship program.  Students must provide details of a permanent address in Western Australia, current institution and placement location.  This will be approved on a case-by-case basis. 
  • Total financial support per person will be capped at $1,800 (Pilbara placements) and $800 (Midwest placements), at the discretion of Rural Health West and WA Centre for Rural Health
  • Applications will be considered until funding commitments are exhausted.  
  • No applications will be accepted after 1 June 2020. Placements must commence prior to 30 June 2020.
  • Applicants will receive an email notification confirming receipt of application.  All applications will be assessed within 14 working days and confirmation of the outcome will be provided by email. 
  • Applications will be assessed jointly Rural Health West and the WA Centre for Rural Health. There is no appeal process related to decisions. 
  • Successful applicants of this scholarship are ineligible to receive funding through the Rural Health West Allied Health Rural Clinical Placement Support Program.
  • It is a condition of the scholarship that the student: 
    • Submit an end of placement report or short video that describes what the student learnt/experienced and the benefits that the community derived from this opportunity.
    • Participates in media opportunities in the Midwest and/or Pilbara as required by Rural Health West and/or WA Centre for Rural Health.
    • Participates in Rural Health West and/or WA Centre for Rural Health publications and social media coverage – this may include a story about their experiences and their photograph.

Supporting documents 

Program guidelines

For further information

Western Australia Centre for Rural Health

T 08 9186 7803  |

Future Workforce Project Officer

Rural Health West

T 08 6389 4500 | E