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Health Workforce Scholarship Program

The Health Workforce Scholarship Program (HWSP) provides financial support to primary health professionals in the fields of medicine, nursing, midwifery, allied health, dentistry and Aboriginal health in rural and regional areas, for further study, training and short courses. The Program is an initiative of the Australian Government Department of Health, administered in New South Wales by the NSW Rural Doctors Network (RDN).


Who is eligible?

You must meet the eligibility requirements to apply. These requirements are set out in detail in the HWSP Applicant Guidelines. Please read these carefully before commencing an application. You can also read the HWSP Frequently Asked Questions.


Applicant Guidelines


What funding is available?

The HWSP offers two types of funding:

  • Scholarships: A payment up to $10,000 per year, for up to two years, toward the cost of completing a postgraduate course leading to a postgraduate qualification
  • Bursaries: A payment up to $10,000 (maximum of $10,000 in total in one year) for professional development and upskilling course fees and associated accommodation and travel-related expenses


What can you study?

RDN's annual Health Workforce Needs Assessment (HWNA) forms the basis for determining the allocation of funding under the HWSP. The HWNA has identified specific upskilling and training areas as a priority for NSW. These are detailed in the HWSP Applicant Guidelines and on the HWSP FAQ page.


Application process

Before you apply you will need to:

  1. assess your eligibility by reading the HWSP Applicant Guidelines
  2. set up a MyRDN account
  3. collect your supporting documentation
  4. submit your application via the MyRDN portal.

All applications are assessed against the needs of the community. Scholarships and bursaries will be awarded to those who wish to undertake study and training that help to fill a health service gap or address the health needs of specific communities.


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We can help. Please first check the HWSP FAQ page. If then you require more information, please email RDN or call us on 02 4924 8000.