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Scholarship Funding

The Primary Health Network is committed to providing scholarship support for health providers and administrative staff to enhance workforce development. We provide scholarship funding in a number of targeted areas including:

  • General practice administration
  • Clinical skills
  • Chronic disease
  • Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Health
  • Alcohol & other Drugs
  • Mental Health
  • Women's Health.

Since commencing the scholarship program we have provided more than half a million dollars to fund scholarship programs that improve professional skills and competencies, and contribute towards better patient health outcomes.

Want to know more?

Contact our Workforce Manager Alison Tattersall on for details on current scholarship opportunities.

See below for details on previous scholarship programs

Certificate IV Medical Practice Assist

This program is conducted in partnership with the University of New England.

The certificate is nationally accredited, and this aligns with changes to models of care in General Practice including Health Care Home preparation. The course is the Certificate IV Medical Practice Assisting HLT47714, providing practices and candidates with an insight into the competencies and skills required to carry out a medical practice assistant role.

Candidates must be working in a medical practice setting and must have a manager willing to sign off observation reports.

The course is delivered through a mix of online assessments and seven Face to Face training days.

Well Women’s Scholarship

The Well Women’s Screening Course is provided by Family Planning NSW, who recognise the need for skilled nurses to undertake cervical screening.

This course is designed to help registered nurses, midwives and enrolled nurses who work in General Practice to develop confidence and competence in the provision of cervical screening and to contribute to increasing cervical screening rates in areas of low participation. Sexual health history taking and breast awareness will also be covered in this course.

This training is customised training targeting rural and remote nurses who have difficulty in accessing training in regional and urban centres. The training is targeted at areas where cervical screening participation rates are low and below the NSW state average.

The training involves successful applicants undertaking a one-day face-to-face training following the completion of an online training component. Achieving clinical competency as determined by Family Planning NSW, usually achieved within 2 days of clinical supervision.

Central Coast GP Scholarship Program

The program offers Central Coast GPs short term paid placements within interesting clinical areas of the Central Coast Local Health District. These placements provide opportunities for GPs to update their knowledge and skills by working in a supported environment with local experts and their clinical teams.

The program is conducted in partnership with the Central Coast Local Health District and Central Coast Primary Care. It comprises a 10-week course / professional development opportunity designed to give GPs:

  • An opportunity to improve practice and delivery of services
  • Networking opportunities - building of supportive relationships between the generalist and specialist workforce
  • The option of attending in-service education sessions occurring during the placement including multi-professional meetings
  • A better understanding of the services available locally, and how to refer to these services
  • An increased ability to reflect on and analyse their clinical practice

Scholarship placements are offered in the areas of Paediatrics, Addiction Medicine, Aboriginal Health, Geriatric Medicine and Palliative Care.

Primary Care Diabetes Educator Scholarship and credentialing support program

This program is open to people who are currently registered/accredited to practice in one of the below Australian Diabetes Educators Association (ADEA) CDE credentialing eligible primary health disciplines, and are eligible for entry to/have completed an ADEA accredited post graduate course in diabetes education and management, and working in health care in the Hunter New England and Central Coast region.

Additional funding to support professional development for medical practitioners is available through the Rural Doctors Network Health Workforce Scholarship Program (HWSP)

Rural, regional and remote medical, dental, nursing, midwifery, allied health or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary health professionals keen to expand their skills or scope of practice can access funding to support further studies or training through the Health Workforce Scholarship Program (HWSP).

The program offers:
  • Up to $10,000 per year, for two years, for further studies or training
  • Up to $10,000 for professional development and upskilling course fees and associated accommodation and travel expenses.

For more information, check your eligibility or apply.

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