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Health Workforce Scholarship Program

The Health Workforce Scholarship Program (HWSP) aims to improve access to health services needed in rural and remote areas by supporting an increase in skills, capacity and or/scope of practice of privately employed health professionals in the fields of medicine, nursing, allied health and Aboriginal health.

The HWSP provides:

  • Scholarships to postgraduate health practitioners, undertaking further study in the field of medicine, nursing, allied health and Aboriginal health. Scholarship payments of up to $10,000 per year for up to two years will be available to support participants for full time or part time studies.
  • Bursaries to support rural professionals in medicine, nursing, allied health and Aboriginal Health Workers participating in professional development and upskilling courses. One-off bursary payments will be available to cover the cost of training or course fees and/or cover training related expenses such as accommodation and transport.

Eligibility

Health professionals in the fields of medicine, nursing, allied health and Aboriginal Health Workers who provide or will be providing services* to rural and remote locations classified by the Modified Monash Model (MMM) 3 - 7 are eligible to apply.

* if the applicant can demonstrate they will be supplying those services, by providing a service or employment agreement at the time of application.

Scholarships

HWSP scholarships will be available to health professionals undertaking or planning to undertake further study in the field of medicine, nursing, allied health and Aboriginal health that meet the prioritised needs of communities.

Scholarships must directly relate to training and upskilling health professionals who will provide services to rural and remote communities in NSW. Scholarship values will be determined against the perceived workforce benefit of the training for the community.

Scholarships of up to $10,000 per year can be provided for up to two years study.

Scholarships may be provided for courses that extend beyond 30 June 2020 but study must conclude in the 2020 academic year (by 31 December 2020).

Bursaries

HWSP bursaries are one-off payments that cover the cost of training or course fees and/or cover or partially cover training related expenses such as accommodation and transport, where appropriate.

Bursaries must directly relate to training and upskilling health professionals who are or will be providing services to rural and remote communities in NSW. Bursary values will be determined against the perceived workforce benefit of the training.

Scholarships and bursaries are NOT available for:

  • Retrospective costs
  • Overseas expenses
  • Study funded by other sources
  • Health professionals employed solely by the relevant State or Territory government i.e. employed in a public hospital
  • Activities for which other Federal, State, Territory or Local Government bodies have primary responsibility.

Application Process

Applications open on 20 November 2017 and close on 22 December 2017.

Applications will be competitive based on the priorities of NSW Rural Doctors Network (RDN).

Applications will be evaluated on the basis of:

  • Location eligibility
  • Applicant eligibility 
  • Activity eligibility 
    • Planned increase in skill, capacity and/or scope of clinical practice; and
    • Meeting one or more identified Health workforce needs prioritised for the area; and
    • Demonstration of service provision to rural and remote community.

If you don't already have a My RDN account, please register for a My RDN account.

Once you have created an account or if you already have an account, please Apply for the HWSP.

Successful Applicants

Successful applicants will be notified by RDN by 12 February 2018.

Participants will be required to sign a contract agreement with specific terms and conditions such as the scope of the activity and its intended outcome.

Participants will be case managed by RDN throughout their scholarship/bursary activity. The case manager will support the participant during the scholarship activity and any Return of Service Obligation period, track participant progress and determine how new skills are being utilised.

More information

The HWSP is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and administered in NSW by RDN.

Applications for the HWSP close on 22 December 2017.

For more information, please email RDN.