A number of grants are available for health professionals working in rural and regional Victoria. Please click on the list below to view details.
The Health Workforce Scholarship Program (HWSP) is an initiative of the Australian Government Department of Health and 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. The Program will be available to eligible medical, nursing and allied health professionals working in primary health care who are not employed by the relevant State Government and located in, or providing services to, areas categorised as MM 3-7 under the Modified Monash Model (MMM) Model. The first round of scholarships are currently open. For more information email HWSP@rwav.com.au
The Medical Professional Development Program (MPD) is funded by the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services and administered by RWAV. The program supports the ongoing professional development and medical education of medical practitioners in rural and regional Victoria. Furthermore, the program also aims to encourage trainee doctors to complete rural and regional placements by providing access to professional development subsidies. As of July 2016 this program has replaced the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) grant and the Continuing Medical Education (CME) grant. For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Medical leadership and engagement is associated with improved organisational performance. There is growing evidence that health services perform better when clinicians are actively involved in governance, workforce performance, strategic planning and decision making.
Funded by the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services, the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for Allied Health Practitioners Grant and Scholarship Program supports rural allied health practitioners currently working in public, primary and community health services in rural Victoria to participate in education, conferences and skills development opportunities relevant to the development and provision of rural health services. The CPD for Allied Health Practitioners Grant and Scholarship Program is administered by RWAV. For more information please contact email@example.com
Eligible Locations: The Relocation grant will assist communities in rural and remote Australia located in Modified Monash Model (MM) 2-7 by recruiting to vacant positions that have been registered at the Rural Workforce Agency Victoria (RWAV) or as identified by the Health Workforce Needs Assessment. The MM classification details can be obtained on the DoctorConnect website: www.doctorconnect.gov.au.
Eligible Professions: Nursing and Midwifery, Physiotherapy, Social Work, Psychology and other mental health professions, Speech Pathology, Occupational Therapy, Podiatry, Dental Hygienists, Dentists, Diabetes Education, Dietetics, Optometry, Nutrition, Medical Imaging (Radiography, Sonography), Pharmacy, Audiology, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers, Exercise Physiology.
Eligible Candidates: The health professional must be Australian-trained and where applicable registered with the appropriate professional body. Recent graduates (within the last 12 months) are also eligible. Overseas trained candidates can be considered at RWAV’s discretion. The health professional must either:
-Move from an MM 1 location to a rural or remote location in Victoria as defined by MM 2 to 7; or
-If currently working full-time in rural or remote Australia, move to the same (must be in another town) or higher (i.e. more rural/remote) MM classification; or
-Be placed in an Aboriginal Medical Service (AMS) or Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service (ACCHS) in a MM 2-7 location.
The candidate must enter a contract of employment with the employer for a minimum of 12 months. In the case of a self-employed candidate, the candidate must commit to rural practice for a minimum of 12 months. Whilst the relocation grant is to be used within 12 months it is an expectation that the health professional remain in a rural or remote location for at least 24 months.
The purpose of the relocation grant is to assist health professionals with the costs associated with relocating however if the health professional has already relocated they must apply to RWAV for a relocation grant within 6 weeks. The candidate must agree to repay any relocation grant funds received from RWAV should they leave the position within 12 months of commencement of employment.
The relocation grant can be used for:
Relocation grant funding cannot be used to:
RWAV is responsible for administering education grants to eligible medical practitioners, nursing and allied health professionals working in an eligible location in rural and remote Victoria. The grants are designed to provide financial assistance to health professionals so they can access relevant education and upskilling opportunities to meet community need. Education Support Grant Guidelines Eligibility Criteria
Terms and conditions:
Education Support grants cannot be used to:
The education support grant seeks to provide financial assistance to non-vocationally registered GPs in order to access education and resources to facilitate their preparation as they work towards Fellowship of either the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) and/or the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM). Eligibility Criteria
Eligible courses, resources and activities
Please Note: The allocation of funding for each doctor will be determined based on each GP’s level of support, training and assistance identified in their Individual Learning Plan and/or other determinant factors (e.g. their distance from regional training providers). For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org Application Form- GP Fellowship Exam
There are a number of scholarships and grants available for undergraduate and graduate students.
The Business Training grants for Rural Primary Healthcare practices is a key initiative of the RHWSA- Sustainability strategy from RWAV, enabling Primary Healthcare practice staff to access business training opportunities and improve the management of rural primary healthcare practices. The aim of the grant is to offer financial support for costs associated with business training activities including registration fees, travel, and accommodation associated with participation in a business training course. Guidelines Application Form Business Training Activities
Eligibility We are seeking applicants who are currently working in rural primary healthcare practices in MM 2-7 locations in Victoria. See www.doctorconnect.gov.au Applicant Categories include:
CPD for Business Training Grants Criteria:
Postgraduate Study for Business Training Grants Criteria:
While RWAV aims to provide an excellent service; if applicants have any concerns about our services, applicants are required to read the RWAV Complaint Management Policy. Any complaint must be reported to the Grants Administrator at email@example.com