Support for rural and remote health professionals' CPD

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

RHCE2 funding round opens 8 August 2013.

The Rural Health Continuing Education Stream Two (RHCE2) program, managed by the NRHA, is one of a number of Australian Government measures to support health professionals in rural and remote Australia in accessing continuing professional development (CPD).

RHCE2 provides grants on a competitive basis to eligible health professionals who work in rural and remote areas, giving priority to multidisciplinary CPD and more remote areas. The program supports development of CPD and access to CPD activity that cannot be provided by the workers' professional associations or employers.

Descriptions of projects funded in previous RHCE2 rounds are available on the RHCE2 website.

RHCE2 provides CPD support to Aboriginal Health Practitioners/Workers, allied health professionals, nurses, midwives and general practitioners in rural and remote areas of Australia, both as individuals and as members of multidisciplinary teams. It also supports other approaches to the recruitment and retention of health professionals in rural and remote areas, especially RA3-5. To identify your Australian Standard Geographical Classification – Remoteness Areas (ASGC-RA), visit the Doctor Connect website.

RHCE2 encourages collaboration between recipients and providers of rural/remote CPD, and welcomes joint applications, particularly if they bring together groups or individuals from the different eligible professions. To download a copy of the application guidelines, visit the RHCE2 website.

CPD programs must be accredited or endorsed by the relevant professional body or bodies, be directly relevant to the current employment of intended program participants in a rural or remote area, be based on evidence of effectiveness and quality, and be delivered in Australia.

The next grant funding round opens on Thursday 8 August 2013 and closes on Thursday 10 October 2013.

There are three grant categories:

  1. up to $60,000 for organisations developing and delivering CPD for which there is a demonstrated need in rural and remote areas;
  2. up to $40,000 for organisations delivering CPD; and
  3. up to $6,000 for individuals or multidisciplinary groups accessing CPD.

All projects funded in this round must be completed by 30th October 2014.

For additional information visit the RHCE2 website or contact the RHCE2 Program Manager on (02) 6162 3374, free call 1800 987 440 or email RHCE@ruralhealth.org.au.