New grant round for RHCE2 opens 9 January

25 November 2011

The third round of the Rural Health Continuing Education (Stream 2) (RHCE2) grants
program will open on 9 January 2012.

Under the program, grants are available to individuals, groups or organisations to access,
develop and/or provide continuing professional development (CPD) for health professionals
practising in rural and remote areas. Highest priority will be given to proposals that are
multi-disciplinary and/or inter-professional.

The number of applications in the first two rounds of RHCE2 far exceeded the available
resources. As a result the guidelines have been fine-tuned.
“Successful applications in the third round will give priority to projects that clearly
demonstrate how they will fill gaps in continuing professional development and interprofessional
learning in rural and remote areas,” said RHCE2 Manager, Wendy Downs.
“Applications should provide evidence about how the work to be undertaken will encourage
inter-professional learning and teamwork in health services – and how it can impact
positively on retention,” she said.
Just over $600,000 is available in each round of RHCE2 to support programs that provide a
cost-effective and accessible approach to training. Grants provided under the program will
also encourage increased collaboration between stakeholders and foster inter-professional,
team-based training and joint continuing education projects.
Applications in Round 3 will close on 1 March 2012. Multiple applications will be accepted
but no single entity will receive more than one grant.

Projects funded in Round 3 must be completed by 30 April 2013.
Full details about the program, application guidelines and grant objectives are available on
the RHCE2 website http://rhce.ruralhealth.org.au

Media Release Contact Info: 

Penny Hanley: (02) 6285 4660
Wendy Downs: (02) 6162 3374