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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.

If you would like more information on RWAV grants, get in touch with us now or phone 03 9349 7800 (Option 5) or visit the FAQs page.

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Health Workforce Scholarship Program For Locums

The Health Workforce Scholarship Program (HWSP) is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health Aged Care and is administered in Victoria by the Rural Workforce Agency Victoria (RWAV).

The Health Workforce Scholarship Program (HWSP) for Locums provides funds to the locum health workforce in rural areas to help you upskill through professional development, training, short courses and conferences, that will also benefit your community.

Maximise your access to HWSP funding for the 23/24 financial year!!!

For a short time only, RWAV can receive applications for courses/activities starting after 1 July and finishing before 31 December 2024 (this is outside our normal 3 month application window) utilising funds from your HWSP 23/24 funding.

This can also include post-graduate studies for the July semester.

  • You must be prepared to self-fund the course/activity if your application is unsuccessful. **
  • Meeting eligibility criteria and submitting an application does not guarantee you will receive funding.**

What do I need to do?

Apply BEFORE 30 June for a Health Workforce Scholarship Program (HWSP) grant.

Make sure to include your receipt which shows zero balance owing.

What if I can’t afford to pay by 30 June?

If you can’t pay in this financial year, don’t worry. You can still apply in the new financial year. We just won’t be able to fund you from your 23/24 funding cap. If your application is approved, the funding will come from the funding cap you have for the 24/25 financial year.

What if I can’t afford to do the activity if my application isn’t approved?

Only pay if you are going to do the activity regardless of funding approval. You can apply with an estimated cost for the activity, and we can let you know if you will be eligible for funding before you pay but you will need to submit your application as soon as possible.

You should not rely on receiving a grant to pay and participate in the course/activity.

What if my course will finish after 31 December 2024?

You will need to wait and apply within the 3 months prior your course start date.

If your application is approved, the funding will come from your 24/25 funding cap.

For: Aboriginal Health Worker, Allied Health Practitioner, GP, GP Registrar, Nurse
When to apply: Apply before your course commences
MMM location: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 i

Health Workforce Scholarship Program

The Health Workforce Scholarship Program (HWSP) is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care and is administered in Victoria by the Rural Workforce Agency Victoria (RWAV).

The Health Workforce Scholarship Program (HWSP) provides funds to the health workforce in rural areas to help you upskill through professional development, training, short courses and conferences, that will also benefit your community.

Maximise your access to HWSP funding for the 23/24 financial year!!!

For a short time only, RWAV can receive applications for courses/activities starting after 1 July and finishing before 31 December 2024 (this is outside our normal 3 month application window) utilising funds from your HWSP 23/24 funding.

This can also include post-graduate studies for the July semester.

  • You must be prepared to self-fund the course/activity if your application is unsuccessful. **
  • Meeting eligibility criteria and submitting an application does not guarantee you will receive funding.**

What do I need to do?

Apply BEFORE 30 June for a Health Workforce Scholarship Program (HWSP) grant.

Make sure to include your receipt which shows zero balance owing.

What if I can’t afford to pay by 30 June?

If you can’t pay in this financial year, don’t worry. You can still apply in the new financial year. We just won’t be able to fund you from your 23/24 funding cap. If your application is approved, the funding will come from the funding cap you have for the 24/25 financial year.

What if I can’t afford to do the activity if my application isn’t approved?

Only pay if you are going to do the activity regardless of funding approval. You can apply with an estimated cost for the activity, and we can let you know if you will be eligible for funding before you pay but you will need to submit your application as soon as possible.

You should not rely on receiving a grant to pay and participate in the course/activity.

What if my course will finish after 31 December 2024?

You will need to wait and apply within the 3 months prior your course start date.

If your application is approved, the funding will come from your 24/25 funding cap.

For: Aboriginal Health Worker, Allied Health Practitioner, GP, GP Registrar, Nurse
When to apply: Apply before your course commences
MMM location: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 i
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Apply for a HWSP grant BEFORE 30 June to maximise your funding for this financial year .

BAppSci GradDipBus MBus GAICD FIML

John Biviano is an experienced senior executive who has held many senior roles in government (Health Dept) and also in professional associations related to healthcare. Until recently, John was the CEO of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, where he oversaw the digitisation of a range of Member offerings, including aspects of training. 

BBus(HRM)

Lauren commenced in the role of Manager People and Culture in August 2018 and is responsible for leading the implementation of RWAV’s People and Culture strategy, policies, processes, functions and team.

Lauren’s team is committed to implementing activities and initiatives to support the achievement of RWAV’s strategies and strengthen RWAV’s position as an ‘Employer of Choice’.

Lauren is an experienced Manager and HR professional, with a career spanning the professional services, automotive, defence, and not-for-profit sectors.

CPA
Albert Giorgini is the Senior Advisor to CEO at RWAV.

As an experienced finance executive, with an extensive career in public transport and in the automotive and industrial gas sectors, Albert has honed his skills in driving financial performance improvements with a commercial and business transformation focus.

Through his strategic financial skills, Albert has demonstrated an exceptional capacity to lead and develop large teams in complex and changing environments to achieve the financial and regulatory requirements of the business. His extensive experience has given him a deep understanding of the industry and its challenges, equipping him with the expertise to drive impactful change.

Albert has highly developed communication and stakeholder management skills to support his strong planning, analytical and financial performance improvement acumen, always striving to create innovative solutions that drive growth and success.

BMed MMedSci FRACGP FARGP FACRRM DipPractDerm DipMedHyp DipFP DipBusAdmin GAICD

Assoc Prof Rawlin is an experienced General Practitioner and medical educator. He is currently in clinical general practice in suburban Melbourne and previously practiced in rural Victoria for 10 years.

Assoc Prof Rawlin is Chair of the General Practice Mental Health Standards Collaborative and a past Chair of the Mental Health Professionals Association and is a board member of the Mental Health Professionals Network. He is also the Medical Director of the Royal Flying Doctor Service in Victoria.
He is a member of the RACGP Victoria Council.

LLB BSc MMgt (Strategic Foresight) GAICD

As a lawyer and business consultant Jane has worked with company boards and senior management across a range of areas including IP commercialisation, internet-based businesses, healthcare products/services, privacy and data/IT security. Jane is currently general counsel for .id Consulting – population demographers, economists and forecasters.

Jane served as a director of BreastScreen Victoria for 10 years, is a current director of Ballarat Health Services and chairs RWAV’s Governance Committee.

BMBS MBA FRACP FRACMA FAICD FIML

Assoc Prof Phelps has practiced as a Gastroenterologist and Acute Physician in regional Victoria for more than 20 years.

He trained in safety and quality at Dr Brent James’ Institute at Intermountain Healthcare in the US and has held management and leadership roles in Victoria and Tasmania. More recently he completed a two-year project as Director of Clinical Governance for Central Adelaide Local Health Network.

Grant currently works as an independent consultant providing advice to hospitals and organisations on clinical leadership and safety and quality

BA (Politics/Philosophy) BEc GDipBus MBA GAICD FGIA

Roger is an accomplished CEO, Non-Executive Director and Chair with experience in the health, human services, law enforcement, education, transport, and environmental industries – across private, public sector and not-for-profit organisations

.He brings strong governance experience, commercial acumen, risk management and strategy skills combined with a passion for innovation and business development having also been Chair of numerous Finance, Audit, Risk, Investment and Community Advisory Committees.

Dr Louise Manning is a rural GP Obstetrics trainee practising in Central Victoria where she delivers general practice, obstetric and sexual health services. Growing up in a small town she has lived experience of the difficulties accessing healthcare in rural and regional areas, and is dedicated to advocating for equitable health outcomes regardless of geography.

Louise is also a Board Director of the Rural Doctors’ Association of Victoria.

Snezana is a Human Resources leader with more than 15 years of experience in management, playing a pivotal role in driving team transformations across diverse industries, including FMCG, automotive, government, and non-profit sectors.

With a curiosity for business and its associated complexities, Snezana fosters collaborative partnerships to cultivate a highly motivated workforce that effectively executes strategic plans.

B Comm MPP EdD DipEd MAICD

Rosemary has had a varied career as an academic teaching economics, public policy and industrial relations, and as a consultant, advocate, health union official and as a director.

She brings strong governance and strategic skills to the Board, as well as knowledge and depth of experience in health policy, economics and investment.

Rosemary was a Director of Aware Super for nine years, and Chair of the Investment Committee for three years. She was also a member of the Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee, the Governance Committee and the REM and HR Committee. Rosemary is currently a member of the Investment Committee of Cbus.

She was the Secretary of the Victorian Psychologists Association Inc for 20 years and knows first-hand the difficulties in attracting and retaining health professionals in rural and regional Victoria.

With a rich background of consulting and in-house people and culture roles with the corporate, government and community sectors, Andrea is responsible for leading the implementation of RWAV’s People and Culture strategy, policies, processes, functions and team.

Andrea has significant experience in leading teams across culture, capability, diversity, equity, leadership, organisational development and learning programs as well as core human resources partnering.

With a strong focus on building and maintaining psychologically safe organisations, Andrea’s team is dedicated to ensuring that RWAV is a place where people can work well and be well at work.

Martin is a governance professional and lawyer with experience in private practice and in-house legal roles. He has been a company secretary for public and private sector organisations across a range of industries including VicTrack, Regis Healthcare Limited and Dairy Australia Limited. He holds Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Commerce degrees from the University of Melbourne, a Graduate Diploma in Applied Corporate Governance from the Governance Institute of Australia (GIA) and is a fellow of the GIA.

Social Work (BA Hons), DipSW

With a background in social work and a proven record in recruitment, project management, and business development, Jo brings strategic leadership and a wealth of experience in driving positive outcomes within the health, human services, and State Government sectors.

Jo specialises in managing health professional recruitment and outreach programs, including the More Doctors for Rural Australia and 3GA programs. Her focus is on implementing innovative workforce strategies and clinical governance to bolster RWAV’s mission of enhancing healthcare accessibility in rural and regional Victoria.

Having previously excelled at RWAV, Jo spearheaded successful internal change initiatives while fostering strong relationships with external stakeholders. Her efforts consistently align with RWAV’s strategic direction, ensuring a cohesive approach to driving impactful change.

Beyond her professional expertise, Jo’s passion lies in uniting communities and championing positive transformations in rural healthcare in Victoria.

RN, GradDip(Health Promotion), PRINCE2, Mini MBA

Kate is a Registered Nurse highly experienced in health promotion and project management. Her people and program management skills enable her to be agile and adaptable while maintaining an outcomes focus on improving quality access to primary healthcare.

Kate’s extensive experience working with all levels of government, the community and stakeholders across the sector have provided her with insights into the challenges rural communities and health professionals face. Kate has led the design and delivery of many innovative and strategic health promotion and grants programs, supporting better access to health services, health information and activities across communities. Whilst at RWAV, Kate has led the transformation of the RWAV grants program, enhanced the administration of a number of programs and developed the RWAV allied health portfolio. She has also led the development of the RWAV research program of activities.

Having worked at RWAV since 2020, Kate will continue positively influencing the rural healthcare workforce and access to services.

Msc (Fin), FCCA, FGIA, CA

Shay brings over 20 years of financial
management experience in commercial and not-for-profit organizations. He has a
rich and varied experience in multiple finance and leadership roles in the
United Kingdom and Australia, including CFO, GM Finance & IT, Commercial
Manager Operations, Finance Manager and Accountant.

His extensive leadership experience is
augmented by an FGIA, FCCA, CA, a Masters in Finance and an undergraduate degree in
accounting and finance.

BHlthSci(Hons) MPH PostGradDipMgt GAICD AFCHSM

Lauren Cordwell commenced in the role of Chief Executive Officer in August 2023. She took on the role of Acting CEO in April 2023 and previously served as the General Manager since February 2020.
Lauren has leadership responsibilities for strategy, communications, data, stakeholder engagement and program delivery.

Lauren’s team is committed to supporting communities in rural and regional Victoria to have timely access to affordable and safe health care.

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