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CLOSED - 2013 South Australian Public Sector Nursing and Midwifery Scholarships

SA Health is committed to building a valued and sustainable nursing and midwifery workforce.

The South Australian Public Sector Nursing and Midwifery Scholarships are made available to Registered Nurses, Registered Midwives, Enrolled Nurses and Mental Health Nurses who are committed to future and professional practice in metropolitan and country areas.

Scholarship payments will be made retrospectively to successful applicants who have undertaken and successfully completed tertiary studies relevant to their area of practice during the 2013 academic year.

Who can apply:

  • SA public sector registered nurses and midwives who are successfully undertaking post graduate studies during 2013
  • SA public sector enrolled nurses who are successfully undertaking enrolled nursing (post enrolment), advanced diploma or undergraduate nursing studies (first year of study only) during 2013
  • SA public sector employees of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander origin who are successfully undertaking studies during 2013.

A copy of the ‘2013 SA Public Sector Nursing and Midwifery Scholarships - Guidelines for Applicants’ can be found here.

Copies of supporting forms required to be submitted as part of the online application process can be found in the following locations:

  • 'Supplier Maintenance Form for Employees’ – click here
  • South Australian Public Sector Nursing And Midwifery Scholarships – Acknowledgement of Terms and Conditions – click here
  • Health Unit Supporting Statement – click here

To go directly to the online application portal, please click here. This will take you to the front page of the SA Health Careers website. You will then need to click on the ‘Search Our Jobs’ button and search for Job Number 529729.

Applications open Thursday, 19 December 2013 and close 11:55 pm on Monday, 3 February 2014

CLOSED - South Australian Premier's Nursing and Midwifery Scholarships 2014/2015

The Scholarships

The Premier of South Australia is committed to building a valued and sustainable nursing and midwifery workforce. As a means of supporting this commitment, the following scholarships are being offered to nurses and midwives employed within the public and/or private health sectors in SA. The scholarships support study tours by nurses and midwives that involve exploration of innovative practices and evidence based initiatives relevant to their chosen field. The scholarships are awarded as follows:

  • Four (4) overseas study tour scholarships up to the value of $12,000 each.
  • Two (2) Australasian study tour scholarships up to the value of $5,000 each.

Applying for a Premier’s Scholarship

Applications will be accepted from eligible nurses and midwives from 01 November 2013 to 10 February 2014. Information, forms and supporting documentation relating to eligibility and the application process can be downloaded by clicking on the links below.

Information for applicants:

Forms and supporting documentation:

Application submission: Applications should be submitted to the Nursing and Midwifery Office by the closing date and as outlined in the Guidelines for Applicants above.

Please note: Applications that are received outside of the application opening and closing dates or those that are not submitted using the provided template (Form 1) will not be considered.

Research proposals, conferences and formal courses are outside the scope of these scholarships.

Applicants of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander origin, and accepted as such in their community, are encouraged to apply.

Successful applicants will formally be announced at the SA Health Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Awards during International Nurses Week in early May 2014.

The scholarships must be taken between 01 July 2014 and 30 June 2015, with the expectation that the recipients return to work in South Australia and utilise their experiences to enhance nursing and midwifery practice and improve outcomes for patients and the broader South Australian community.

Scholarship Outcomes

Study Tour Reports: These reports are written by nurses and midwives who are past recipients of the scholarships and have undertaken international or Australasian study tours to observe and discover innovative practice relevant to their field. The reports describe their learnings from the study tours and how the study tour findings relate and are applied to the SA health service context.

To view 2008/9 – 2011/12 reports please click here.

To view reports from 2012/13, please click on the individual links below:

Dr Anne Johnson - 'Health Literacy and Safety and Quality: Not just about the words'

Frances Watkins - 'Study Tour of Wellbeing Therapies/Clinics for clients living with and beyond cancer in the United Kingdom'

Karen Hales - 'Exploring innovative advanced practice and nursing frameworks which improve care of the older person within a health care setting'

Jennifer Wood and Kathryn Stephenson - 'Early pregnancy units in the United Kingdom'

For further information: If you require further assistance, please contact the Nursing and Midwifery Office by email (nursing@health.sa.gov.au) or phone (08) 8226 9823.

Undergraduate Scholarships

Some scholarships are available to undergraduate students. For further details about scholarships and schemes including eligibility criteria contact:

South Australian Rural Health Undergraduate Scholarships

The Department of Health provides South Australian Rural Health Undergraduate Scholarships for people in rural and remote areas to assist with undergraduate studies. For further information click here to visit the Country Health South Australia website.

On 1 July 2012, Royal College of Nursing, Australia and The College of Nursing unified to become Australian College of Nursing.

ACN Aged Care Nursing Scholarships Scheme

Australian College of Nursing (ACN) currently administers the Aged Care Nursing Scholarship Scheme which is an Australian Government initiative aimed at encouraging more people to enter aged care nursing and increase the skills of nurses working in the aged care sector. Preference is given to applicants living and working in regional, rural and remote areas but applicants living in metropolitan areas with an aged care background will be considered.

For further information about this program, click here to visit the ACN website or contact the ACN on free call 1800 061 660.

ACN Remote and Rural Undergraduate Nurse Scheme

Australian College of Nursing (ACN) currently administers Australian Government Funded Scholarship Schemes (including the Australian Government Rural and Remote Nurses Scholarship Program: Enrolled Nurse to Registered Nurse Scheme) mostly targeted to nurses or nursing students who are living in rural and remote areas of Australia. Preference in the eligibility criteria and/or ranking process is normally given to those applicants who undertake to both study and complete clinical experiences in regional, rural and/or remote areas.

For further information about this program, click here to visit the RCNA website or contact the ACN on free call 1800 061 660.

Scholarships Available to TAFE SA Students

Some scholarships are available to students through the TAFE SA campus of choice. For further details about scholarships and schemes, including eligibility criteria visit the TAFE SA website or contact any TAFE SA campus.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Scholarships

  • South Australian Department of Health

The Department of Health provides scholarships for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders as the South Australian Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Peoples’ Scholarship Investment Fund.

For further information contact the Aboriginal Services Division, Career Adviser Nursing, Medicine & Allied Health on (08) 8226 7062.

  • ACN Remote and Rural Undergraduate Nurse Scheme

Australian College of Nursing (ACN) currently administers scholarships to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Australian Government Funded Scholarship Schemes. These are mostly targeted to nurses or nursing students who are living in rural and remote areas of Australia. Preference is normally given to those applicants who undertake to both study and complete clinical experiences in regional, rural and/or remote areas.

For further information about this program, click here to visit the ACN website or contact the ACN on free call 1800 061 660.

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Postgraduate Scholarships

Midwifery Scholarships

A list of scholarships available across Australia for undergraduate and postgraduate midwifery students and researchers can be found on the Australian College of Midwives (ACM). Click here to visit the ACM website.

Nursing and Midwifery Re-entry/Refresher Scholarship

Some Re-entry and Refresher courses are supported by the Department of Health and are free to the participant. A scholarship to assist with expenses may also be available after commencement.

For further information click here for more information on Refresher and Re-Entry Courses for Nurses and Midwives.

ACN Registered and Enrolled Nurse Re-entry/Refresher Scholarship Scheme

Scholarships are available to assist nurses to return to the nursing workforce through Re-entry or Refresher Courses. These scholarships are the initiative of the Australian Government and are administered by the Australian College of Nursing, Australia (ACN).

These scholarships are available to both registered and enrolled nurses whose Australian nursing registration or enrolment has lapsed or, who are unable to re-entry the nursing workforce as they have not practiced in recent years.

For further information about this program, click here to visit the ACN website or contact the ACN on free call 1800 061 660.

ACN Postgraduate Community Aged Care Nursing Scholarship Scheme

The Australian College of Nursing (ACN) currently administers scholarships to encourage more registered nurses to enter (or re-enter) the community aged care sector and increase the skills of registered nurses already working in community aged care nursing.

For further information about this program, click here to visit the ACN website or contact the ACN on free call 1800 061 660.

ACN Postgraduate Scheme

The Australian College of Nursing (ACN) currently administers scholarships for nurses to undertake Continuing Professional Development activities and attendance at conferences that are held within Australia. There are two calls for applications each year with the second call being for conferences only.

For further information about this program, click here to visit the ACN website or contact the ACN on free call 1800 061 660.

South Australian Rural Health Postgraduate Scholarships

There are two postgraduate scholarship schemes managed by Country Health SA. For further information, click here to visit the Country Health SA website.

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