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The federal government is encouraging more Australians to take up a career in mental health, with applications for the next round of the $5.2 million Mental Health Nursing and Allied Health Scholarship now open.

Under this program, people studying or working in nursing and allied health, including psychology, can apply for scholarships and clinical placement supports worth up to $30,000 each.

The program provides a range of scholarships for studies and placements in mental health, including undergraduate, postgraduate, and continuing professional development. A guaranteed number of scholarships are allocated to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Scholarships are now available for anyone commencing or continuing their studies in 2023, with applications open until Monday 10 October 2022.

The scholarship program is being run by the Australian College of Nursing on behalf of the Department of Health and Aged Care. More details are available on the ACN website:

“We want to make sure all Australians can get the care they need when they need it, no matter where they live, Assistant Minister for Mental Health and Suicide Prevention, Emma McBride, said.

“These scholarships are one measure the Government is using to boost our mental health workforce by giving Australians the support they need to take up a rewarding career in healthcare.”