The Federal Government funds the Nursing and Allied Health Scholarship and Support Scheme (NAHSSS), which provides opportunities for rural optometrists to access assistance to undertake postgraduate study or to access continuing professional development, and for optometry students to seek study and clinical placement support. NAHSSS scholarships are offered annually. Applications for 2014 scholarships are open now.
The Rural Health Continuing Education Stream Two (RHCE2) program is directed at supporting health professionals in rural and remote areas to access continuing education and training. Grants are offered for individuals or multidisciplinary groups to access continuing professional development and for organisations to develop and/or deliver professional development for rural practitioners. For further information visit RHCE2.
Nursing & Allied Health Scholarship and Support Scheme
Services for Australian Rural and Remote Allied Health (SARRAH) administers the Allied Health Streams of the Nursing and Allied Health Scholarship and Support Scheme (NAHSSS). Funding is provided by the Department of Health supporting health professionals to train and practice in geographic and clinical areas of need. SARRAH manages numerous health scholarship streams under the NAHSSS that optometrists may be eligible to apply for.
Postgraduate Scholarships – there will be no Nursing and Allied Scholarships under the Nursing and Allied Health Scholarship and Support Scheme (NAHSSS) for 2018.
Continuing Professional Development Scholarship – visit the CPD Scholarship Home Page (for Victorian optoms working rurally only) for information on eligible professions, selection criteria, and the application process and scholarship guidelines.
Health Workforce Scholarship Program -
Optometrists in the other states should contact their local workforce agency regarding local opportunities in addition to the Health Workforce Scholarship Program being administered locally in each state.
RWAV in Victoria www.rwav.com.au
NSW RDN in NSW www.nswrdn.com.au
Health Workforce Queensland in Queensland www.healthworkforce.com.au
Rural health West in WA www.ruralhealthwest.com.au
RDWA in South Australia www.ruraldoc.com.au
HR plus in Tasmania www.hrplustas.com.au
NT phn in the Northern Territory www.ntphn.org.au