Scholarships are available to permanent fulltime or part time allied health clinicians employed and currently working in a rural located public health service, to assist with educational expenses directly associated with post-graduate study. In 2012 the scholarships were valued at up to $10,000 dependent on the course undertaken.
Single Subjects: Clinicians can apply for funding to undertake a single subject offered by a tertiary institution relevant to their current work.
Undergraduate Degrees: Applications for scholarships for undergraduate degrees would generally only be considered where the applicant does not currently have a tertiary qualification and is seeking to obtain a qualification relevant to their employment eg welfare worker undertaking a course in social work.
Only single subjects or courses offered by a tertiary institution recognised under the Higher Education Act 2001, or equivalent courses offered by organisations registered and accredited for the delivery of higher education courses, are eligible.
Short courses and conferences are not eligible for funding under this program.
The rural Local Health Districts are:
- Far West
- Mid North Coast
- Northern NSW
- Southern NSW
- Western NSW
- Hunter New England (excluding: Cessnock, Maitland, Port Stephens, Newcastle, and Lake Macquarie LGA)
- Illawarra Shoalhaven (excluding: Kiama, and Shellharbour LGA)
- Nepean Blue Mountains (Lithgow LGA only)
A map is able to be found at: http://www.heti.nsw.gov.au/content/scholarship-rural-classification-maps/
Clinicians providing outreach services from a metropolitan centre are not eligible.
Income tax advice
Generally, scholarship funding provided to part-time students, regardless of their employment status is not considered to be tax-exempt income. Applicants will need to seek independent advice regarding their personal circumstances where necessary.