Health Workforce Scholarship Program
The Health Workforce Scholarship Program (HWSP) provides scholarships and bursaries to help health professionals in rural and remote Australia retain and enhance their skills, capacity and scope of practice. The Program is an initiative of the Australian Government Department of Health, administered in New South Wales by NSW Rural Doctors Network (RDN).
The HWSP is available to medical, nursing, midwifery, allied health, dental and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health professionals providing primary health care in the Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHS) sector, non-government organisations and private practice.
Who is eligible?
You must meet the eligibility requirements to apply. These requirements are set out in detail in the HWSP Application Guidelines. Please read these carefully before commencing an application. You can also read the HWSP Frequently Asked Questions.
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 Application Guidelines and on the HWSP FAQ page.
Important: Due to the on-going changes with COVID restrictions and changes for courses with a face to face component, successful applications that include face to face components will not be paid until after confirmation of actual course attendance.
Before you apply you will need to:
- assess your eligibility by reading the HWSP Application Guidelines
- set up a MyRDN account
- collect your supporting documentation
- 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.
Please apply early. Due to the popularity of the Program, it can take six to eight weeks to process an application.
HWSP supports RN Robin to complete immunisation training
Registered Nurse Robin Albert from Dubbo recently completed her Immunisation for Health Practitioners training thanks to the Health Workforce Scholarship Program.
"I've been able to qualify to vaccinate as an Authorised Nurse Immuniser - something I would have really struggled to do without this financial support,” said Ms Albert.
“This qualification allows me to vaccinate people outside of a clinic setting, for instance, as part of health outreach in remote Aboriginal communities or flu vaccination programs in offices.”
Having more nurses able to vaccinate independently is an important step to expanding the reach of immunisation services and improving vaccination rates.