General Practitioners in Applied Mental Health Studies

Applications for Teaching Period 1-3 2023: 30 January 2023 – 23 June 2023

The Mental Health Portfolio of the Health Education and Training Institute (HETI), on behalf of the NSW Ministry of Health, will offer a limited number of Scholarships for General Practitioners to study in the postgraduate Applied Mental Health Studies program across Teaching Periods 1, 2 and 3 in 2023.

Successful applicants will be offered scholarships for units from 50 to 300 hours of study (one to six units), depending on the ability of each student to commit to study. The scholarship will cover the full tuition fee for those units of study awarded. The scholarship is limited to the provision of tuition fees as advertised on the HETI Higher Education website for the approved units of study on offer in Teaching Periods 1, 2 and/or 3, 2023.

Students should note that the AMHS course is offered across three five-week teaching periods running from January to June, and students can choose which units and teaching periods are appropriate for their study. This flexibility supports GPs who are working as they can identify which teaching periods suits their other commitments. Information regarding the units of study available under the AMHS Medical Specialisation can be found here.

Scholarship monies awarded for Teaching Periods 1 - 3 2023 must be used only for these teaching periods, as monies cannot be carried over the end of the financial year. Applications for scholarship can be made mid-year for the following six months.


Scholarships for General Practitioners in Applied Mental Health Studies will be granted to successful applicants on the following basis:

  1. Review of Scholarship applications
  2. Confirmation that the applicant meets the eligibility criteria; and
  3. Confirmation of the location of applicants’ practice (e.g. rural, regional, metropolitan)

Scholarships will be ranked against the following factors:

  1. Quality of application statement (see below)
  2. Location of practice (rural and remote, regional, metro)
  3. New scholarship applicants ahead of past recipients


Monday 7th November 2022

Scholarship applications open

Course admissions open

Friday 16th December 2022

Scholarship applications close

Wednesday 21st December 2022

Scholarship notifications issued

Monday 30th January 2023

Teaching Period 1 commences

Friday 23rd June 2023

Teaching Period 3 concludes


To be eligible for a Scholarship for General Practitioners in the Medical Specialisation of the Applied Mental Health Studies course, students must fulfil all the following requirements:

  1. Be a General Practitioner or General Practice Registrar
  2. Working as a General Practitioner or General Practice Registrar for a minimum of three clinical practice sessions per week
  3. Be an Australian citizen or permanent resident, and a NSW resident and working in NSW

How do eligible General Practitioners apply?

If you are commencing study with HETI Higher Education for the first time, you will need to:

  1. Apply for study with HETI through our online admission form via myHETIconnect ensuring that supporting documentation required as part of the admission process is supplied. Applicants must apply for admission to the Applied Mental Health Studies course under the medical specialisation stream
  2. Once admission to the course has been approved and you have received your unconditional offer into the course, applicants will be able to complete the HETI Scholarship for General Practitioners in Applied Mental Health Studies application via the scholarship tab in myHETIconnect
  3. As part of the scholarship application, applicants will need to submit a 500-word application describing the nature of mental health contacts in their clinical practice, objective in undertaking the course and how it will relate to their current employment or career goals
  4. Indicate the study load for which funding is requested, maximum is six 50 hour units (GCAMHS or GDAMHS)

If you are a continuing student with HETI Higher Education, you will need to apply for a scholarship via Scholarship Tab within myHETIconnect.


Scholarship recipients are expected to:

  1. Prior to application, assess their capacity to study part time in addition to other commitments
  2. Accept your offer into the course via myHETIconnect
  3. Once the outcome of the scholarship is known complete the unit enrolment via myHETIconnect to specify preferred units of study. All units of study within the postgraduate Applied Mental Health Studies course listed as appropriate to the Medical Specialisation are eligible
  4. Your approved scholarship funds will be available for you to allocate to your selected units in myHETIconnect
  5. The allocation of funds will need to be made prior to the commencement of the teaching periods
  6. Pay the portion of fees by the due date (census date)

Students are responsible for self-allocating the scholarship funding to their units via myHETIconnect before the commencement date of each of the Teaching Periods. Any unallocated funds after census date will be forfeited by the student and cannot be deferred.


All applicants will be advised of the outcome of their application via myHETIconnect or email. Successful applicants will receive a notification for the unit/s for which scholarship funding has been granted. All enrolments are subject to enrolment requirements as per the HETI Higher Education Enrolment Policy.


Notification of a student’s intention to withdraw from a unit or course must be made online via myHETIconnect on or before the advertised semester census date. No refund of the student contribution will be given for withdrawals from a unit or course beyond the advertised census date unless there are extenuating circumstances which are outlined in HETI Higher Education Special Consideration Policy.

due to withdrawal/deferment after census date, non-attendance or failure of the unit will forfeit any awarded scholarship entitlements and their student contributions for the unit/course of study. If the student wishes to repeat or complete the same unit/course again, it will be at the expense of the student. Academic penalties will be applied as per the HETIHigher Education Enrolment Policy.


If you would like information or advice regarding scholarships or courses, please contact:

Learning Pathways Unit

T 02 9844 6111