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COVID-19 Vulnerable Populations Vaccination Immunisation Scholarships 2023 - EOI

To support the Governments COVID-19 response, innovative, local, short-term COVID-19 vaccination activities and strategies are being implemented. These targeted, short-term activities aim to increase access to the COVID-19 vaccination among a number of vulnerable populations who cannot access or have difficulty accessing the vaccine through existing mechanisms.

Increasing the number of immunisation trained nurses that can utilise their expertise with vulnerable populations is one such strategy.

The Australian College of Nursing has been funded by the PHN to provide fifty-five (55) education scholarships for eligible nurses located within the Hunter New England and Central Coast Primary Health Network (the PHN) region to complete the Immunisation for Health Practitioners Course (347). View the details at 347 Immunisation for Health Practitioners (HESA accredited) (

The purpose of the immunisation scholarships to complete this course, is to upskill eligible nurses that service priority vulnerable populations, by funding the completion of the Immunisation for Health Practitioners Course.

How to apply

The Expression of Interest (EOI) for the 55 scholarships will be managed through the online grants' portal, SmartyGrants, on a first in basis to eligible applicants, with a waitlist taken in case any positions become available. Applications close on 15 December 2023 or when the allocation is exhausted but may be extended at the PHN’s discretion.

The online course must be completed within 120 days and completed no later than 31 March 2024 and this will form part of the condition of being awarded the scholarship.


Eligible nurses will be those who are working within the Hunter, New England and Central Coast geographical area that the PHN covers.

Registered Nurses (excluding LHD (Local Health District) employed nurses) and Aboriginal Medical Practitioners from the HNECC (Hunter New England and Central Coast) area are eligible to apply. 

For more information please read the grant guidelines available here.

If you have any questions regarding the scholarships, please contact the PHN Grants team on

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