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Health Workforce Scholarship Program (HWSP)

The Health Workforce Scholarship Program (HWSP) is an initiative of the Australian Government Department of Health that provides scholarships and bursaries to help health professionals in rural and remote Australia retain and enhance their skills, capacity and scope of practice. It is available to medical, nursing, midwifery, allied health, dental and aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health professionals providing primary health care in the Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHS) sector, non-government organisations and private practice. The HWSP is available to eligible clinicians working in primary care in MMM 3-7, check the Health Workforce Locator map for eligible areas.  Each Australian State has their own guidelines, below is information about the program and links to the other States:

Contact the relevant Rural Workforce Agency in your stage for details and eligibility criteria. It has FAQs and email address and contact details to enable you seek more details about the scholarship/bursary payment.

 

Sydney Child Health Program (SCHP) Fee:

  • • SCHP will not be responsible for any follow-up of scholarship/bursary applications submitted to the Rural Workforce Agency by the participant to support their program fee.
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  • • We encourage all SCHP participants wishing to access scholarship or bursary payment to first check with their respective Rural Workforce Agency if they are eligible for the bursary payment prior to paying their SCHP program fee. 
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  • • The guidelines of the HWSP stipulates that participants need to supply a tax receipt for the program fee and then the Rural Workforce Agency will organise reimbursement accordingly.
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  • • You must read the SCHP program refund policy prior to you paying your program fees. If you chose to pay your program fees first without determining if you are eligible / not granted scholarship/bursary payment by the Rural Workforce Agency, the SCHP office will not be responsible to refund program fees paid in the event your application for scholarship/bursary payment is not approved. 
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  • • The Rural Doctor Network in NSW has advised that they will either pay the program provider directly or pay the applicant up front (this is not a given and is assessed on a case by case situation) under their terms and conditions of the Rural Doctor Network.  You will need to check the arrangements for other States.