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Health Workforce Scholarship Program

About the Grant

Have you been considering clinical or professional development?

If you are a primary health care professional working in rural or remote South Australia, grants up to $10,000 per year for up to two years are available to increase your clinical skills and scope of practice through training or study.

The grant can be used to cover the cost of course fees and may also include the cost of travel and accommodation associated with attending the training.

Activities supported by the HWSP include:

  • Post-graduate studies such as a postgraduate certificate, postgraduate diploma, Masters or PhD
  • Conferences, seminars, workshops, webinars, and short courses

If you are unsure if the professional development activity you would like to undertake is eligible for this grant, please contact us.


You could be eligible for the grant if you provide primary health care services to South Australian communities within a MM 3-7 location. Check your location here: Modified Monash Model (MM).

Eligible professions can include:

  • Medicine,
  • Nursing, or
  • Allied Health, including Aboriginal Health Workers

Priority consideration will be given to applicants who have not previously received a grant through the Health Workforce Scholarship Program.

Health professionals employed solely by the State Government (i.e. employed in a public hospital), or working solely in disability support services or solely in aged care services are not eligible to apply. 

For more information on eligibility please refer to the Applicant Guidelines

Important Information

Applications for the Health Workforce Scholarship Program are currently closed.

You can apply for one grant per round. If you have already received a grant in previous rounds, you can apply for another grant in the current round.

Training and courses scheduled for later in the year can be applied for now.

Both face-to-face and online activities can be considered for this grant.

All activities supported through a scholarship and bursary need to be completed by 31 December 2023.

For full details of the grant terms and conditions, please refer to the Applicant Guidelines

The Health Workforce Scholarship Program is an initiative of the Australian Government Department of Health and is managed nationally by the consortium of Rural Workforce Agencies and locally by RDWA.


Applications for the Health Workforce Scholarship Program are currently closed. We will advertise when applications open for the next round in our weekly eNews. If you’d like to receive eNews, please subscribe at www.ruraldoc.com.au/latest-news.

The application form takes approximately 60 minutes to complete. 

The questions about benefits to your community and increase to your skills, capacity and scope of practice are an important part of the application and the responses you provide are carefully considered in the assessment of your application.  We encourage you to complete these sections with as much information as possible to ensure that your application can be assessed.

You may benefit from preparing answers prior to the application as you need to submit this information within one session. You cannot save your progress.

The following information is requested in the form to complete the application.

  • Course/ activity name
  • Course/ activity provider name
  • Course/ activity location
  • Course/ activity dates
  • Course/ activity costs
  • Employer name and address
  • AHPRA registration number
  • Up to 100 words describing how the course will assist you in addressing an identified community health need
  • Up to 50 words describing how you will increase your skills and use the increased skill in servicing your community
  • Up to 50 words describing how you will increase your capacity to provide health services
  • Up to 50 words describing how your scope of practice will be increased in your current role


For more information please contact:
Paula Wood, Manager PHC Workforce Services
PH 08 8234 8277