RWAV has grants available for rural and regional Victorian health professionals. Our grants are designed to help you achieve your career goals including relocation, professional development and postgraduate education.
Grants currently open for applications are below. To view which grants are applicable to you, select your profession, course status, sector (private, public or Aboriginal health) and postcode and press search.
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RWAV Prospective GP Locum Grant
The RWAV Prospective GP Locum Grant will provide financial assistance to those General Practitioners who are new to providing locum services through RWAV in rural and regional Victoria.
The grant provides financial assistance to support the costs associated with upskilling to work as a GP Locum.
It is available to the Medical Practitioners who are part of the RWAV GP Locum Program.
RWAV General Practice Quality Accreditation Grant
This is a new grant.
The RWAV General Practice Quality Accreditation Grant will provide financial assistance to those General Practices seeking to gain accreditation to meet the RACGP Standards for general practices. The grant provides financial assistance with the costs associated with registering for an accreditation assessment for general practices.
Health Workforce Scholarship Program
The Health Workforce Scholarship Program (HWSP) is an initiative of the Australian Government Department of Health administered in Victoria by Rural Workforce Agency Victoria. This program is designed to improve access to services needed in remote and rural areas across Australia by supporting an increase in skills, capacity and/or scope of practice. The HWSP provides professional development support to health professionals in rural, regional and remote Australia.
RWAV Mentor Grant for VACCHO Cadets
RWAV’s Mentor Grant for VACCHO Cadets provides funding for mentors who are supporting the cadets during their placement at any of the approved Aboriginal Community Controlled Organizations.
Workforce Incentive Program
The Workforce Incentive Program - Doctor Stream (WIP-DS) provides financial incentives to medical practitioners providing eligible non-Medicare services and/or undertaking training (under approved training pathways) that is not reflected in the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) records in regional, rural and remote locations. Incentives are tiered, based on remoteness and increase the longer a medical practitioner works in regional, rural and remote locations.
Health Workforce Scholarship Program For Locums
The Health Workforce Scholarship Program (HWSP) is an initiative of the Australian Government Department of Health administered in Victoria by Rural Workforce Agency Victoria. This program is designed to improve access to services needed in remote and rural areas across Australia by supporting an increase in skills, capacity, and/or scope of practice. The HWSP provides professional development support to locum health professionals in rural, regional, and remote Australia.
RWAV RECONCILIATION ACTION PLAN GRANT
A Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) is a strategic document that supports an organisation’s business plan. It includes practical actions that will drive an organisation’s contribution to reconciliation both internally and in the communities in which it operates.
Grants of up to $7,000 are available to private practices in regional Victoria (MMM3-MMM6 locations) to support
the development of their Reconciliation Action Plan and their engagement with local Aboriginal communities to improve business practices.
RURAL PRACTICE TRAINING GRANT
The RWAV Rural Practice Training Grant for Rural Primary Healthcare practices is funded by RWAV as part of the Australian Government Department of Health Rural Health Workforce Support program.
The Rural Practice Training Grant is aimed at improving the viability of rural health practices by supporting an increase in business management skills.
The grant enables eligible practice managers and staff working in private primary healthcare practices to access business training opportunities to improve the management of their practice.
RURAL AMBASSADOR STUDENT GRANT
The RWAV Rural Ambassador Student Grant aims to enhance opportunities for students interested in rural health to participate in, or lead, events and activities that promote rural health. The grant aims to raise awareness of the opportunities available in rural healthcare to young people.
This is a crucial step in attracting and retaining a future rural health workforce.
UCAT Exam Preparation Grant
Studies show that individuals who have experience living in rural and regional locations often remain or return to these areas to pursue their professional careers. To address the health professional shortage in rural and regional Victoria, RWAV is encouraging year 11 or 12 students living in rural and regional priority areas (see Priority Areas Matrix for eligible locations), interested in studying medicine, the opportunity to participate in preparation classes for the University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT).
In partnership with MedEntry, RWAV is offering grants that cover the two-day UCAT preparation workshops. These will run as interactive, live stream online events in 2022. Successful applicants will also have access to MedEntry’s online resources well in advance of the workshop.
RWAV RURAL CLINICAL PLACEMENT GRANT
The RWAV Rural Clinical Placement Grants support medical, nursing, and allied health students to undertake placements in regional or rural Victoria. We are currently accepting applications for placements taking place in the month of April, May, and June.
Medical Professional Development Program
The Medical Professional Development Program (MPD) supports the ongoing professional development and medical education of medical practitioners in rural and regional Victoria. MPD also aims to encourage trainee doctors to complete rural and regional placements by providing access to professional development subsidies. The MPD is funded by the Victorian Government and administered by RWAV.
Please note that this grant does NOT cover exam support or exam preparation courses.