Applications for grants in Round 4 of the Rural Health Continuing Education (Stream 2) (RHCE2) can be made between 8 June and 8 August 2012.
Organisations and individuals with an evidence-based proposal for continuing professional development for health staff in rural and remote areas are encouraged to apply. Occasions when professional development can be delivered to a multi-disciplinary team in a more remote area will be given high priority in this competitive process.
Bodies that submitted unsuccessfully in previous rounds are able to apply again and, as with all other applicants, are encouraged to demonstrate how their proposal will give value for money through improved effectiveness in rural and remote health service provision.
Projects funded in Round 4 must be completed by 30 October 2013.
A stakeholder survey is currently in train (until 17 May) to identify any issues that need to be addressed in Round 4.
The eligible health professions are Aboriginal Health Workers, allied health professionals, nurses, midwives and doctors. Priority is given in RHCE2 to groups who can demonstrate that support for their CPD is not available from other sources.
Applications should provide evidence of how the work to be undertaken will encourage inter-professional learning and teamwork in rural/remote health services – and how it will be sustainable and have a positive effect on the recruitment and retention of health professionals in rural communities, especially those classified AGSC-RA 3-5.
Some $500,000 in grants is available in this round to support programs that provide a cost-effective and accessible approach to training. Multiple applications will be accepted but no single entity will receive more than one grant.
Full details about the program, application guidelines and grant objectives, and information on currently funded RHCE2 projects, are available on the RHCE website http://rhce.ruralhealth.org.au.
Wendy Downs, RHCE2 Manager, Freecall: 1800 987 440; Ph: (02) 61623374