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Health Workforce Scholarship Program

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

With the recent dramatic changes to face-to-face education and training, we want to enable you to be supported in your professional development and learning opportunities.  We are doing this by supporting access to relevant online training and study.

The current application round is open until 5pm on Monday, 12 October 2020.

What types of activities will be supported?

Examples of activities that are supported by this Program include:

  • Post-graduate studies such as a postgraduate certificate, postgraduate diploma, Master or PhD, including on-line study
  • Conferences, workshops, webinars, and courses, including on-line activities

Applications for activities that can be completed online are highly encouraged.

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

Who is eligible to apply?

Health professionals who provide primary care services to MMM 3-7 rural and remote communities and are practising in the fields of:

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

General Practitioners, Mental Health Professionals and Health Professionals working in Aboriginal Health Services or in service provision to Aboriginal people have been identified as priorities for this Program.

Health professionals employed solely by the State Government (i.e. employed in a public hospital) are not eligible to apply.

For more information on eligibility please refer to the Applicant Guidelines.

What do I need to do to apply?

You will need to complete the Program’s online application form which takes around 30-60 minutes.

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


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.

You can contact Barbara Wright on 08 8234 8277 or workforce@ruraldoc.com.au