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2022 Grants Week For Doctors Information Session Webinar Recording

Rural Workforce Agency Victoria (RWAV) is a not-for-profit government-funded organisation improving health care for rural, regional, and Aboriginal communities in Victoria.

We provide a range of activities and support to improve the recruitment and retention of health professionals to rural and regional Victoria, including grants.

Our grants are designed to help you achieve your career goals including relocation, professional development and postgraduate education, enabling you to support your rural community.

Grants are available for medical, nursing and allied health professionals, and practice managers and practice staff working in regional and rural Victoria and students looking to work in rural healthcare.

Find the recent webinar recording here. This recording covers the following items:

  • Health Workforce Scholarship Program
  • Medical Professional Development Program
  • East Gippsland Trust Fund Grant
  • Cultural Safety Training
  • Creating a MyRWAV account
  • Applying for RWAV’s grants

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Grants for Doctors Webinar Q&A

This depends on the grant. Health Workforce Scholarship Program eligibility is MMM 3 to 7 locations. MPD eligibility is MMM 2 to 7 (noting that there are currently no MMM7 regions in Victoria). You can check the MMM for your location via the Health Workforce Locator map here.

Aboriginal Medical Service, Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation.

This depends on the grant. For the Medical Professional Development grant, you need to have paid for the course and also be able to provide a certificate of completion in order to lodge an application.

For the Health Workforce Scholarship Program, you are able to provide proof of what the course costs will be, for example an invoice (unpaid), or a screenshot showing the course details and cost. This will allow you to get a pre-approval for the course costs, and you can then go ahead and register and pay for the course with the certainty that you will be reimbursed for it (as long as you continue to meet the eligibility and course completion criteria).

This depends on the grant. The Medical Professional Development grant has to be submitted in the financial year that it was completed in.

The Health Workforce Scholarship Program runs through the Financial year subject to funding availability.

Anyone can create their own MyRWAV account. It is best for the actual applicant to register for themselves, as the application name needs to match the details person applying.

Administration staff are not eligible for either the Medical Professional Development grant or the Health Workforce Scholarship Program, but may be eligible for the Rural Practice Training Grant.

Full details on eligibility requirements for locums are included in the Health Workforce Scholarship Program for Locums guidelines. Essentially you must be able to demonstrate a previous and ongoing commitment to providing primary healthcare services to rural and regional areas.

In the past locum doctors have been ineligible to apply for the Health Workforce Scholarship Program. The guidelines have recently been reviewed and funding of locums is still in a pilot phase. This will be reviewed in due course. Funding of $5,000 or more in one year attracts a Return of Service Obligation which is much more difficult to adhere to as a locum.

Yes, you may apply for more than one type of grant at the same time, and you may also lodge multiple applications for the same grant for different courses. Remember to be aware of the annual cap for the grant/s you are applying for.

If you wish to lodge an appeal regarding a declined grant application, you may do so by firstly discussing the issue with the Senior Manager, Health Workforce Development at RWAV by emailing grants@rwav.com.au

If the matter is not resolved to your satisfaction you may then appeal to the RWAV Chief Executive Officer (CEO) who is the final arbiter for all appeals. 

Yes, you may apply for overseas course which are run online, however do bear in mind the differences in healthcare between different countries. It would be preferable to do an Australian based course if possible.

The current grants do not allow for reimbursement of overseas face-to-face course registrations, travel, or accommodation.

Yes, the grants offered by ACRRM and RWAV are quite different. Please check guidelines carefully to see which grants you are eligible to apply for and weigh up your options to get maximum support.

This depends on the travel undertaken. If you travel by air, bus, train, etc you will need to provide a receipt for your ticket. If you travel by private car, you will need to provide your home address and the address of the course. You will be reimbursed at the Australian Taxation office standard rates for the applicable financial year. Note that we cannot reimburse you for taxi, uber, etc.

Yes, as long as you are currently working as a Medical Practitioner and meet the other relevant eligibility criteria for the grant you are applying for.

RWAV is not a registered Training Organisation and does not provide training. We may on occasion facilitate training for specific courses by liaising directly with the course provider. Relevant applicants would be notified directly if we are facilitating courses in this way.

The grants are reimbursements so there shouldn’t be.

As long as you meet the locum requirements for the Health Workforce Scholarship Program you are eligible to apply. Funds as a locum are capped at $4,900 per year. If you then move into an eligible permanent role, the cap for the year will increase to $10,000. This is inclusive of any grant funds you received as a locum.

Medical Professional Development claims must be made in the same financial year as the course was attended. Health Workforce Scholarship Program claims must be made prior to commencing the course, and may be made in the previous financial year if the course commencement date is early in the new year.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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.

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.

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. 

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.


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

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.

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.

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.


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.

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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