Mental Health Nursing Scholarships

Thinking about further education? Now is the time to act!
In each state and territory there are scholarships for nurses to undertake post graduate education in mental health nursing.

Advancing your knowledge and skills with further education enhances your professional accountability and practice. It also puts you in a good position to become a credentialed mental health nurse. Being recognised as a credentialed mental health nurse improves career opportunities as well as personal and professional respect for your practice. So…don’t wait, get ready for the opportunities now.

Where to find information about scholarships


AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT FUNDED SCHOLARSHIPS

Mental Health Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme: Mental Health Nursing

The Mental Health Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme: Mental Health Nursing, is a long term initiative funded by the Australian Government to encourage and support people interested in undertaking postgraduate study in mental health nursing. The Scheme will assist students in meeting their accommodation, living and travel costs whilst at university to a maximum amount of $40,000.

Application packs (including eligibility criteria) are available to download from the Royal College of Nursing, Australia website: http://www.rcna.org.au/pages/mentalhealth.php.

Applications for 2007 have closed, information on 2008 will be advertised.

NORTHERN TERRITORY

The Department of Health and Community Services (DHCS) has a number of strategies in place to support nurses.

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Post graduate study is encouraged, supported and valued as contributing to clinical practice, management and leadership in nursing. Development of nurses in their career pathways is fostered through a partnership with Charles Darwin University, Flinders University, Menzies School of Health and the Centre for Remote Health. Postgraduate scholarship funding is advertised in February each year for the following year. Professional development financial assistance for nurses who have worked continuously in excess of 12 months for DHCS is also available. For further information contact 1800 000 648, nursinginfo.ths@nt.gov.au or visit the website at: http://www.nt.gov.au/health/nurse_midwife/career_start.shtml

NEW SOUTH WALES

MENTAL HEALTH ENROLLED NURSE TO REGISTERED NURSE SCHOLARSHIPS
Available to enrolled nurses employed in the NSW public health system working or seeking employment in mental health and undertaking a Bachelor of Nursing degree in 2007. Must also have an intention to work as a registered nurse in mental health in the NSW public health system upon completion of nursing degree. Up to $5,000 available per applicant in 2007*. Second round of applications close 9 February 2007 (for study in 2007). For further information visit www.health.nsw.gov.au/nursing/scholar.html or contact the Project Officer Scholarships via email on nscholar@doh.health.nsw.gov.au

MENTAL HEALTH POSTGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIPS
Available to registered nurses employed in the NSW public health system working or seeking employment in mental health and undertaking postgraduate study in 2007 in a mental health course accredited under the Higher Education Act (2001). Up to $5,000 available per applicant in 2007*. Applications close 28 February 2007 (for study in 2007). For further information visit www.health.nsw.gov.au/nursing/scholar.html or contact the Project Officer Scholarships via email on nscholar@doh.health.nsw.gov.au

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

POSTGRADUATE DIPLOMA IN MENTAL HEALTH NURSING (REGISTRATION)
This course is offered jointly through Curtin University of Technology and Murdoch University. It is an initiative of the Department of Health and enables nurses to undertake postgraduate mental health nursing education and clinical experience. Sponsorships are advertised in March of each year through the Office of the Chief Nursing Officer website and state and community newspapers. Sponsorship includes payment of course unit fees and payment of 100hours of clinical placement. The course commences in July each year. For further information and links to the course, visit http://www.ocno.health.wa.gov.au/pgmhsponsorship/index.cfm

TASMANIA

GRADUATE DIPLOMA IN NURSING (MENTAL HEALTH/PSYCHIATRIC NURSING)
The scholarship is awarded annually to students undertaking the Graduate Diploma at the Tasmanian School of Nursing and Midwifery. Individual scholarship value is $4,250 over a two-year period with preference given to students who are either already working with DHHS or not already working in the field of mental health nursing. Flexible learning options available. Applications close 9th March 2007. For further information and course contacts, visit http://www.dhhs.tas.gov.au/ or download the PDF from http://www.snm.utas.edu.au/scholarships/grad_dip_ment_hlth.pdf

VICTORIA

Different clinical specialties are targeted in each scholarship round. Scholarships are offered twice a year prior to the commencement of each academic semester. The extent of scholarship funding is dependant upon course costs and is influenced by demand. While each round of scholarships is different, funding has generally been between $1,500 and $3,000. Application closing dates – June; November. Applications for semester 1, 2007 have closed. Information regarding semester 2, 2007 scholarships will be available in mid 2007. All enquires can be directed to Julie Kirkovska on 9096 7528. Or visit the website at http://www.health.vic.gov.au/nursing/furthering/postgrad.htm

QUEENSLAND

The Health Advisory Unit (Nursing) offers scholarships to registered and enrolled nurses working in Queensland Health facilities.  These scholarships enable the successful applicants undertake post registration / enrolment studies. Queensland Health Mental Health Scholarships are available for Queensland Health employees enrolled in postgraduate studies leading to Mental Health Endorsement for nurses. These scholarships provide assistance through part reimbursement of fees. Applications open in August each year for scholarships in the following year. For further information on these and other scholarships offered by the Department of Health visit http://www.health.qld.gov.au/nursing/scholarships.asp

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY

MENTAL HEALTH ACT / LA TROBE UNIVERSITY NURSING POSTGRADUATE PROGRAM
This course is offered collaboratively with employment through Mental Health ACT in Canberra and the academic program provided through external study with the School of Health and Environment at La Trobe University, Bendigo Campus. An application to both institutions is required to undertake this program. These can be made at any time. To facilitate clinical experience and to maximise learning opportunities, paid part time employment is available for the duration of the program for a period of up to 18 months. For further information on this scholarship visit http://health.act.gov.au or contact email N&MO@act.gov.au The Nursing & Midwifery Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme which provides for other opportunities will be calling for applications in October 2007 for study in 2008.

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

The South Australian Department of Health awards postgraduate scholarships to enrolled nurses, registered nurses, mental health nurses and midwives who have a strong commitment to future and continued professional practice in metropolitan and country areas. Applications for 2007 closed in December 2006, so check the website of the Office of the Chief Nurse regularly for opportunities for 2008. This website contains comprehensive information about the range of scholarships available. For further information visit http://www.nursingsa.com/office_scholarships.php

CHURCHILL FELLOWSHIPS

The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust
Call for applications – to be submitted 28 February 2007.
These scholarships are designed to give opportunity, through the provision of financial support, to Australians from all walks of life who desire to further their search for excellence overseas. They are not for postgraduate academic study, but for study tours. Currently the average scholarship is around $25,000 and around 80-100 scholarships are offered each year. For further information visit www.churchilltrust.com.au

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