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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2012 Week 7 Hansard (7 June) . . Page.. 2931..


*These Health Directorate funded community mental health organisations have a non peer support component associated with their programs, in that they engage some support workers and volunteers to assist in the delivery of their service(s).

Health Directorate—training scholarships (Question No 2241)

Ms Bresnan asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 2 May 2012:

(1) What training scholarships for health professionals does ACT Health provide annually.

(2) What is the cost per annum to ACT Health for each of these scholarships.

Ms Gallagher: I am advised that the answers to the member's question is as follows:

(1) and (2)

The ACT Government Health Directorate currently sponsors a number of scholarship schemes to support staff in further education, travel and professional development.

The training scholarships for health professionals include the following:

a. The ACT Government Health Directorate in conjunction with the Canberra Institute of Technology's Yurauna Centre offers two Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Enrolled Nursing Scholarships. This commitment is in response to the COAG National Partnership Agreement on Closing the Gap in Indigenous Health Outcomes. The total value of each scholarship is approximately $2,000.00 per year.

b. The Nursing and Midwifery Post Registration Scholarship Scheme (formally known as the Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme) commenced in 2000 and provides financial assistance to nurses and midwives wishing to undertake further study. Ninety three scholarships have been awarded in Semester 1, 2012. Applications for Semester 2 remain open. To date the allocated funding is $252,001.45.

c. Seventeen Mental Health Services Nursing Postgraduate Scholarships were awarded in Semester 1, 2012. Additional applications are anticipated for Semester 2. The allocated funding for Semester 1 totalled $24,145.20.

d. In 2012 the Joanna Briggs Institute Clinical Fellowship Scholarships were introduced. This is a new initiative with up to four scholarships to be awarded. The aim of these scholarships is to support nurses and midwives in the Joanna Briggs Institute Clinical Fellowship Program at the University of Adelaide. Each scholarship is valued at $3,500.00.

e. Nursing and Midwifery Travel Scholarships are offered biannually. These scholarships provide financial support for nurses and midwives to present papers or posters at national or international conferences. Ten Travel Scholarships are offered annually. Each applicant can receive up to $3,000.00 to cover costs of airfares and/or other transportation, accommodation, conference registration and associated costs.


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