On 9 December Minister Gillespie announced that he had agreed to the offering of a limited round of nursing and allied health scholarships ahead of the launch of the new Health Workforce Scholarship Program in 2017.
The 2015-16 Budget Measure, Streamlining Health Workforce Scholarships announced the development of a new scholarship program to better target financial support to health professionals working in communities most in need. The aim of the Health Workforce Scholarship Program is to deliver scholarships based on community need and to address health professional shortages.
The design of the new program is being finalised and will be operational in 2017. Consistent with the Government’s commitment, new rounds of scholarships for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workforce will continue.