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2021 Regional 
Local Health Network 

Scholarships 
 

 
Including 

Postgraduate 

Certificate 

Margaret Tobin Mental Health 
 

Guidelines for Applicants



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Regional Local Health Network Scholarships  
Regional Local Health Networks are committed to providing a range of high quality health services to 
meet the needs of people living in regional South Australia. Regional Local Health Network 
Scholarships are offered to existing employees who demonstrate a strong commitment to continued 
professional practice in the regional South Australia.  

Who is eligible to apply for a scholarship? 
To be eligible for postgraduate and certificate scholarships applicants must: 

? be permanent employees of a regional Local Health Network or Rural Support Service 
? be studying part time, or about to commence part time study, in an approved program of 

postgraduate or certificate level study  

For the purposes of this scholarship, postgraduate study at university is defined as: an academic 
program which results in the student being awarded with a Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma, 
Master Degree or Doctoral Degree. 

To be eligible for the Margaret Tobin Mental Health scholarship applicants must: 

? be permanent employees of a regional Local Health Network or Rural Support Service 
? be undertaking postgraduate study in the field of Mental Health 
 

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees are strongly encouraged to apply. 

 

Approved programs of study are listed below, if you have any questions about eligibility please 
contact the Project Officer, Organisational Development on regionalhealthscholarships@sa.gov.au 

Scholarship Funding 
The one-year scholarship funding is: 

? valued at $4,500 paid pro rata to study load in two half yearly payments. 
? paid as a taxable allowance through payroll (to avoid recipients having to repay salary sacrifice 

benefits at the equivalent of a higher marginal rate of tax).  

? provided at the end of the semester once academic results and enrolment for next semester are 
submitted.  

Recipients are to maintain a successful academic record throughout their scholarship, failure to pass 
any subject may result in loss of funding for subsequent semester. 

We strongly recommend recipients seek independent taxation and personal financial advice before 
accepting a scholarship. 

 

 

 

 

 



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Approved programs of study 
Applications will be accepted in the following programs of study: 

Certificate Level 

&gt; Certificate IV in ATSI Primary Health Care Practice 

&gt; Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance 

Postgraduate Level 

Area of Practice and Disciplines Approved Course 

Nursing 
Acute Care Graduate Certificate Acute Care Nursing 

Aged Care 
 

Graduate Certificate in Primary Health Care Nursing (Aged 
Care Nursing) 

Graduate Diploma in Nursing (Aged Care) 
Master of Nursing (Aged Care) 

Community and Primary health Graduate Certificate Community and Primary Health Care Nursing 

Chronic Conditions Graduate Certificate/Diploma in Chronic Condition Management 

Diabetes  
Graduate Certificate in Primary Health Care  
(Diabetes Management and Education) 

Drug and Alcohol Graduate Certificate Drug and Alcohol Nursing 

Geriatrics   Aged Care Graduate Certificate/Diploma in Applied Gerontology 

High Dependency 

Graduate Certificate in Acute Care Nursing  
(High Dependency) 

Graduate Diploma in Nursing (High Dependency) 

Master of Nursing (High Dependency) 

Nursing 
 

Bachelor of Nursing (Registered Nurse Entry) 
Master of Nursing 

Nursing   Emergency 
 

Graduate Certificate in Acute Care Nursing (Emergency) 

Graduate Diploma in Nursing (Emergency) 

Master of Nursing (Emergency) 

Mental Health 
 

Graduate Certificate Mental Health Nursing 
Master of Mental Health Nursing  
(course work) 
Master of Mental Health Nursing (clinical) 
Master of Nursing  
(course study for Nurse Practitioner candidates) 
Graduate Diploma in Mental Health 
Master in Mental Health 

Management Qualifications 
 

Graduate Certificate Leadership and Management 
Master of Health Administration 



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Area of Practice and Disciplines Approved Course 

Master of Business Administration (Health) 
Graduate Certificate in Health Science (Clinical Education) 
Diploma/Masters in Clinical Education  

Midwifery  
 

Bachelor of Midwifery - (Registered Nurse Entry) 
Graduate Diploma in Midwifery 
Master of Midwifery - (course work &amp; research) 

Orthopaedic Graduate Certificate Orthopaedic Nursing  

Palliative Care 
 

Postgraduate Graduate Certificate/Diploma in Palliative 
Care  
Master of Palliative Care 

Paediatrics/Early Childhood 
 

Graduate Certificate in Acute Care Nursing (Paediatrics) 
Graduate Diploma in Nursing (Paediatrics) 
Master of Nursing (Paediatrics) 
Master of Advanced Clinical Physiotherapy (Paediatrics) 

Perioperative 
 

Graduate Certificate Perioperative 
Graduate Diploma in Nursing Science - (Perioperative 
Nursing) 
Master of Nursing Science - (Perioperative Nursing) 

Rehabilitation 
 

Graduate Certificate/Diploma in Clinical Rehabilitation 
Master of Clinical Rehabilitation 

Wound care Graduate Certificate/Diploma in Wound Care 

Allied Health 

Allied Health 
? All Disciplines 

Rural Generalist Program 
Level 1 (Rural Generalist Program)  
Level 2 (Graduate Diploma of Rural Generalist Practice) 
Post graduate courses offered interstate by distance in 
areas of workforce demand will be considered on a case by 
case basis 

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy 
Graduate Certificate/Diploma in Cognitive Behaviour 
Therapy 
Master in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy 

Chronic Conditions Graduate Certificate/Diploma in Chronic Condition Management 
Diabetes 
? Podiatry ? Dietetics 

Graduate Certificate in Primary Health Care (Diabetes 
Management and Education) 

Dietetics 
Graduate Certificate in Renal Nutrition 
Graduate Certificate in Paediatric Nutrition 

Disability Studies Graduate Certificate in Disability Studies 
Geriatrics   Aged Care Graduate Certificate/Diploma in Applied Gerontology 

Health Research 
 

Graduate Certificate in Health Research 

Master in Health Research 



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Area of Practice and Disciplines Approved Course 

Lymphedema  

Management Qualifications 
? Clinical Leads  ? Team Leaders 
? Workforce 

Master of Health Administration 
Graduate Certificate in Health Science (Clinical Education) 
Diploma in Clinical Education  
Master in Clinical Education 
Masters Business Administration 
Master in Public Health 

Mental Health 
? Occupational Therapy   
? Social Work 
? Psychology 

Graduate Diploma in Mental Health 
Master in Mental Health 

Master of Clinical Psychology 

Occupational Therapy 
Master of Occupational Therapy 
(graduate entry) 

Paediatrics/Early Childhood 
? Allied Health 

Graduate Certificate in Acute Care Nursing (Paediatrics) 

Graduate Diploma in Nursing (Paediatrics) 

Master of Nursing (Paediatrics) 
Master of Advanced Clinical Physiotherapy (Paediatrics) 

Palliative Care 
? Allied Health 

Postgraduate Graduate Certificate/Diploma in Palliative 
Care  
Master of Palliative Care 

Rehabilitation 
 

Graduate Certificate/Diploma in Clinical Rehabilitation 
Master of Clinical Rehabilitation 

Physiotherapy Master of Physiotherapy 
Social Work 
 
 

Graduate Diploma of Counselling and Psychotherapy 
Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy 
Master in Social Work 

Speech Pathology Masters of Speech Pathology 

Wound care ? Podiatry 
Graduate Certificate in Wound Care 
Graduate Diploma in Wound Care 
Masters of Wound Care 

Allied Health Workforce 
Graduate Certificate in Health Professional Education 
Graduate Certificate in Clinical Leadership 
Graduate Certificate in Health Service Management 

Mental Health 

Margaret Tobin Mental Health 
Scholarship Postgraduate study in Mental Health Field 

Other Categories 
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander 
Employees 

Leadership/Management 
Administration 

Regional LHN Employees Graduate Certificate Health Informatics 



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Application process 
Applications are submitted online via the scholarship website by the closing date 

www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/ruralhealthscholarships 

 

To be eligible for consideration an applicant must: 

1. complete the online application form 

2. submit a curriculum vitae or resume 

3. submit a signed referee statement from someone holding a senior position within the employing 
health unit i.e. Director of Nursing or equivalent. The referee should comment specifically on how 
the study will benefit both the organisation and the applicant s career development.  

4. submit a written statement (maximum 300 words) that clearly addresses the following: 

? Explain how the scholarship will assist in enhancing your career in rural practice. 
? Explain your understanding of the pertinent health and/or other issues facing rural communities. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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Scholarship Terms and Conditions  
If successful, the recipient will need to: 

? supply proof of university/training provider acceptance and enrolment (noting acceptance into a 
course is not required when submitting your scholarship application, evidence of enrolment is 
required when the scholarship offer is accepted).  

? maintain a successful academic record (pass-grades) throughout your studies. Failure to pass 
any subject may result in loss of funding for the subsequent semester.   

? provide a copy of the official academic results at the end of each semester as well as proof of 
enrolment for the next semester (where applicable). 

? ensure the scholarship funds are used for expenses directly related to study. 
? accept the scholarship terms and conditions through a signed an agreement.  
? recipients who do not fulfil these obligations may be required to repay scholarship funding.  

Recipients must notify the Organisational Development area immediately if study arrangements, 
contact details, or circumstances change. Project Officer, Organisational Development may be 
contacted via phone 0435 167 412 or email regionalhealthscholarships@sa.gov.au 

We strongly recommend scholarship recipients seek independent taxation and personal financial 
advice before accepting a scholarship.  

Termination of Scholarship Agreement 
? failure to complete scholarship obligations such as non-completion of an approved program of 

study (e.g. withdrawing from the study program prior to completion) may result in termination of the 
recipient s scholarship agreement and having to return any scholarship funds already paid. 

? failure to maintain a successful academic record (pass-grades) during the course may result in 
non-payment of the following semesters funding.  

For more information 

Project Officer, Organisational Development 
Email: regionalhealthscholarships@sa.gov.au 
www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/ruralhealthscholarships 

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  Department for Health and Wellbeing, Government of South Australia. All rights reserved. 


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