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Health Workforce Scholarship Program

Round 2 of the 2019-20 Health Workforce Scholarship Program (HWSP) is now open.

Do you want to improve access to health services for your community?

If you are an eligible health care professional working in primary care in rural or remote South Australia, you can apply for a grant of up to $10,000 to increase your clinical skills and scope of practice through training or study.

More than 80 health care professionals were awarded a bursary or scholarship in Round 1 for 2019-20 of the Health Workforce Scholarship Program.

Applications for Round 2 are open now until 5pm on Monday, 28 October 2019.

Who is eligible to apply?

Health professionals practising in the fields of medicine, nursing or allied health (including Aboriginal Health Workers) who provide primary care services to MMM 3-7 rural and remote communities are eligible to apply.

General Practitioners, mental health professionals and health professionals working in Aboriginal Health are priorities for this Program.

What types of activities will be supported?

Training workshops, short courses, post graduate studies and attendances at conferences relevant to your health discipline can be supported. Costs for travel, accommodation and course fees are funded through the program.

All activities supported through a scholarship or bursary need to be completed by 31 December 2020.

What do I need to apply?

You can apply using the online application form.

You will need to complete the form in one session, and should allow an hour. You will need the following information to complete the application:

  • Course/activity name
  • Course/ activity provider name
  • Course/ activity location
  • Course/ activity dates
  • Course/ activity costs
  • Employer name and address
  • 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

How can I get more information?

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.

The Applicant Guidelines provide further information about eligibility, assessment of applications and recipient obligations.

You can also call us to talk about how this program may be able to support you, or if you would like to be notified when the next round opens.

Apply Now


Anna Leditschke
P: 08 8234 8277
E: workforce@ruraldoc.com.au