Mental health clinicians across Gippsland have an opportunity to upskill through a scholarship being offered by the Gippsland Primary Health Network (PHN).
The Mental Health Workforce Scholarship Program is designed to improve access to services needed in remote and rural areas across Australia by supporting an increase in skills, capacity and/or scope of practice.
Gippsland PHN is offering the scholarship to mental health clinicians in the region to provide them with the clinical skills and theoretical knowledge to increase their scope of practice.
Gippsland PHN Chief Executive, Amanda Proposch, encourages interested applicants to find out more about the program.
“The scholarships for mental health clinicians responds to an identified mental health workforce challenge in Gippsland and contributes to a strategic long-term approach to mental health workforce development”, Ms Proposch said. “Our objective is to help with the development and retention of our current workforce in Gippsland and develop capability through improved professional development, clinical supervision and mentoring”.
“The program will provide mental health clinicians with the clinical skills and theoretical knowledge to increase their scope of practice and provide comprehensive and evidence-based patient care”.
Scholarships of up to $10,000 per clinician per organisation are available to access an accredited course of study to extend clinicians current scope of practice and which provides the clinician with qualifications supporting the delivery of services to identified populations in Gippsland PHN Needs Assessment. This includes children (0-14 years), people with disabilities, indigenous people, people with social and financial worries, young people (12-25 years) and people aged 60 years and over.
Additional financial support to the organisation through the scholarship (up to $500 per clinician per organisation within the total capped amount of $10,000) is available to assist in meeting the additional expenses often borne by rural and regional health professionals in accessing education.
Ms Proposch said funding was limited and applications would be assessed by a panel on merit against the criteria outlined in the guidelines.
Scholarship applications close 1 April 2019 with enrolment commencement in July 2019 to coincide with Semester Two.
To view the guidelines and how to apply, visit https://www.gphn.org.au/mental-health-scholarship.