Primary Care Nursing and Midwifery Scholarships now open

Nurse Practitioner Lesley Salem, left, continues to make a difference working in primary care. Photo: Supplied

Then check out the Primary Care Nursing and Midwifery Scholarship Program, recently launched to support registered nurses and midwives to complete postgraduate study to work across the sector, including those who want to become nurse practitioners and endorsed midwives.

Funded by the Australian Government, the $50.2 million program is being administered by the Australian College of Nurse Practitioners (ACNP) and will provide 1,850 scholarships over four years in a bid to strengthen the primary care health workforce and make a real impact on communities.

Objectives of the program

  • Support postgraduate study for nurses and midwives, including those wanting to become NPs and endorsed midwives.
  • Increase the health workforce, especially for First Nations communities, and address shortages.
  • Enhance health workforce quality and capacity.
  • Promote First Nations health workforce development.
  • Strengthen the Australian health system, utilising nurses’ and midwives’ full scope of practice, to better need the needs of communities.
  • Significantly increase the number of qualified NPs to support Nurse-Led Clinics and new models of care
  • Significantly increase the number of endorsed midwives to support Australian maternity services to provide woman-centred care.

Eligibility criteria

  • Australian citizen or permanent resident.
  • Current registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA).
  • Intending to enrol, or recently enroled in postgraduate study applicable to primary care, including Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma, or Master’s program leading to qualifications to become a nurse practitioner or endorsed midwife.
  • Be currently employed in, or intend to work in, primary care settings, such as general practice, aged care, or Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services/Aboriginal Medical Services.
  • Preference will be given to First Nations applicants, those seeking to work in reginal, rural and remote areas, and those working in or intending to work in the Aboriginal community-controlled sector.

Scholarship benefits

  • Financial Support: Fee coverage for eligible postgraduate programs.
  • Graduate Certificate: Up to $15,000.
  • Graduate Diploma: Up to $15,000.
  • Masters: Up to $30,000.
  • Free Resources: Webinars, mentoring, and membership of specified relevant professional associations.

For more information and to apply, click here

2 Responses

  1. Hi, My name is Abhilash. I am working as a Grade 5 RN in Australia aged care 8years. I would like to pursue my careeer. I am really interested to study and become a NP in future. I had a Master degree in Nursing from India. I would like to know i am eligible to apply for this course and scholarship. It would be great benefit if i receive scholarship.

    1. Hi Abhilash,
      Please follow the links provided in the article to check out your eligibility.

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