Health Scholarships

Looking for financial support for professional development and training?

The Hunter New England & Central Coast Primary Health Network is committed to providing scholarship support for health providers and administrative staff to enhance workforce development. The PHN is providing scholarship funding in a number of targeted areas including:


  • General practice administration
  • Clinical skills
  • Chronic disease
  • Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Health
  • Alcohol & other Drugs
  • Mental Health
  • Women's Health


From 2017 to 2019 the Primary Health Network provided more than $513,000 to fund scholarship programs to improve professional skills and competencies, and contribute towards better patient health outcomes.


Current scholarships available 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. 

NOTE: A limited number of Scholarships to study in the Certificate IV Medical Practice Assisting qualification are made available from time to time. 

Number of Scholarships: 66  l  Total Value of Scholarship Funding: $106,000 

Central Coast GP Scholarship Program   

The Hunter New England Central Coast Primary Health Network (HNECC PHN) has established a GP Scholarship Project offering Central Coast GPs short term paid placements within interesting clinical areas of the Central Coast Local Health District. These placements will offer GPs an opportunity to update their knowledge and skills by working in a supported environment with local experts and their clinical teams.

The program is being conducted in partnership with the Central Coast Local Health District and Central Coast Primary Care. It comprises a 10-week course / professional development opportunity designed to give GPs:

• An opportunity to improve practice and delivery of services 

• Networking opportunities - building of supportive relationships between the generalist and specialist workforce

• The option of attending in-service education sessions occurring during the placement including multi-professional meetings

• A better understanding of the services available locally, and how to refer to these services

• An increased ability to reflect on and analyse their clinical practice

Scholarship placements are being offered in the areas of Paediatrics, Alcohol and other Drugs, Aboriginal Health and Palliative Care.

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 

Additional funding to support professional development for medical practitioners is available through the following programs: 

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

Under this scholarship program, 38 scholarships have been provided in 2019 by the NSW Rural Doctors Network (RDN) to the value of $98,800.

Diploma of Professional Practice Leadership Program

NSW Rural Doctors Network, in partnership with registered training organisation UNE Partnerships, is seeking expressions of interest from professional Practice Managers who are helping shape the future direction of their practice and wish to enhance their skills and knowledge to take a leadership role within the practice.

On offer are 25 funded positions for the Diploma of Professional Practice Leadership focusing on the business management skills required to lead a professional and sustainable practice. This is a nationally recognised and accredited program.

For more information, to check your eligibility or to apply, email Kristy Seysener (Practice Sustainability Manager) at  or visit  Expressions of Interest close Thursday, 28th March, 2019.

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 Workforce & CPD Team Leader, Alison Tattersall at


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