Health Workforce Scholarship Program (HWSP)
Rural, regional and remote medical, dental, nursing, midwifery, allied health or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary health professionals keen to expand their skills or scope of practice can access funding to support further studies or training through the Health Workforce Scholarship Program (HWSP).
The program offers:
• up to $10,000 per year, for two years, for further studies or training
• up to $10,000 for professional development and upskilling course fees and associated accommodation and travel expenses.
For more information, to check your eligibility or to apply, visit www.nswrdn.com.au/hwsp
Under this scholarship program, 38 scholarships have been provided in 2019 by the NSW Rural Doctors Network (RDN) to the value of $98,800.
The PHN is also providing scholarship support through a number of other programs that include:
Certificate IV Medical Practice Assist
This program is conducted in partnership with the University of New England and 50 scholarships have been awarded across the region.
The certificate is nationally accredited, and this aligns with changes to models of care in General Practice including Health Care Home preparation. The course is the Certificate IV Medical Practice Assisting HLT47714, providing practices and candidates with an insight into the competencies and skills required to carry out a medical practice assistant role.
Candidates must be working in a medical practice setting and must have a manager willing to sign off observation reports.
The course is delivered through a mix of online assessments and seven Face to Face training days.
Number of Scholarships: 66 l Total Value of Scholarship Funding: $106,000
Well Women’s Scholarship
The Well Women’s Screening Course is provided by Family Planning NSW, who recognise the need for skilled nurses to undertake cervical screening.
This course is designed to help registered nurses, midwives and enrolled nurses who work in General Practice to develop confidence and competence in the provision of cervical screening and to contribute to increasing cervical screening rates in areas of low participation. Sexual health history taking and breast awareness will also be covered in this course.
This training is customised training targeting rural and remote nurses who have difficulty in accessing training in regional and urban centres. The training is targeted at areas where cervical screening participation rates are low and below the NSW state average.
The training involves successful applicants undertaking a one-day face-to-face training following the completion of an online training component.
Achieving clinical competency as determined by Family Planning NSW, usually achieved within 2 days of clinical supervision.
Number of Scholarships: 23 l Total Value of Scholarship Funding: $27,000
Primary Care Diabetes Educator Scholarship and credentialing support program
This program is open to people who are currently registered/accredited to practice in one of the below Australian Diabetes Educators Association (ADEA) CDE credentialing eligible primary health disciplines, and are eligible for entry to/have completed an ADEA accredited post graduate course in diabetes education and management, and working in health care in the HNECCPHN region:
Two options are available to support practitioners, dependent on their individual progress with the credentialing process:
Diabetes Educator Post Graduate Certificate Scholarship — scholarships of 50 per cent of the course fee (up to a maximum of $6,000), for study of an ADEA accredited post graduate certificate in diabetes education and management. Study to commence at the first intake in 2019 for your chosen course and to be concluded by the end of 2019. First payment will only be made following submission of evidence of enrolment in ADEA accredited Post Graduate Certificate course.
Diabetes Educator Credentialing Support — funding of up to $5,000 to support practical experience/clinical placement/completion of mentoring partnership. The support is intended to be flexible depending on the learning goal needs of the applicant in consultation with their ADEA registered mentor. The Diabetes Educator will fulfil the credentialing requirements of ADEA in their final year to become a Credentialed Diabetes Educator. An additional $1,000 funding is available to the applicant’s ADEA registered mentor to support their commitment to the credentialing process, and the time associated to support clinical practice.
Number of Scholarships: 12 l Total Value of Scholarship Funding: $72,000
The PHN has provided financial support for additional scholarship programs including:
Name: Aboriginal Health Certificate III
Number of Scholarships: 10 l Total Value of Scholarship Funding: $50,000
Name: Aboriginal Drug and Alcohol Certificate IV and Mental Health Certificate IV
Number of Scholarships: 25 l Total Value of Scholarship Funding: $150,000
Name: Mental Health Nurses
Number of Scholarships: 18 l Total Value of Scholarship Funding: $54,000
Name: GP Scholarships Central Coast
Number of Scholarships: 8 l Total Value of Scholarship Funding: $36,000
Name: Central Coast GP Scholarship Alcohol and other drugs
Number of Scholarships: 2 l Total Value of Scholarship Funding: $12,000
Name: Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association (APNA)
Number of Scholarships: 3 l Total Value of Scholarship Funding: $6,000
For more information on any of these scholarship programs please contact Alison Tattersall on email@example.com
From 2017 to 2019 the Primary Health Network has provided more than $513,000 to fund scholarship programs that improve professional skills and competencies, and contribute towards better patient health outcomes.