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Key dates

Medical specialists who wish to apply for SRSA individual CPD grants should take note of the following dates:

  • Applications close: Friday 31 March 2017
  • Distribution of outcome letters: 3-14 April 2017
  • Approved CPD activities should be completed: 17 April 2017 – 28 February 2018
  • Processing reimbursements: on successful completion of the online evaluation survey and receipts of CPD expenditure verification.

Eligibility & Application

To be eligible to apply for SRSA funding you must be either:

  • Fellow of a Specialist Medical College* (SMC) or their Faculty;
  • Staff specialist;
  • Specialist practitioner in an Area of Need position; or
  • International Medical Graduates undertaking SMC College requirements for specialist recognition via the Australian Medical Council Specialist Assessment Pathway;

*ACD, ACEM, ACSEP, ANZCA, CICM, RACMA, RACP, RACS, RCPA, RANZCO, RANZCOG, RANZCP, RANZCR.

Eligible applicants must live and work in areas determined using the Australian Standard Geographical Classification – Remoteness Areas (ASGC-RA) system categories 2–5.

For complete details on the eligibility and application criteria, read the SRSA Funding Round 1 – Application Guidelines.

Selection Criteria

Individual CPD grant applications will be assessed against the following selection criteria:

  • Demonstration of identified need at ‘local’ level with respect to identified healthcare needs in context of individual educational needs.
  • Location; rural and remote focus.
  • Demonstration of appropriate educational principles to enable key knowledge/skills attainment and transfer.
  • Ability to integrate learning to a wider context and to / demonstrate sustainable changes in practice.
  • Relative ‘cost effectiveness’ / ‘value’.
  • Ability to reduce isolation.
  • Demonstrated hardship or difficulty in participating in approved CPD activities.

For complete details on the selection criteria, read the SRSA Funding Round 1 – Application Guidelines

How to apply

Medical specialists who wish to apply for SRSA individual CPD grants should:

  1. Download and read the Funding Round 1 – Application Guidelines
  2. Download and complete the Funding Round 1 – Application Form
  3. Submit the completed application form via email to admin@ruralspecialist.org.au

For further information, contact the SRSA Program Management Unit (PMU) via admin@ruralspecialist.org.au

NOTE: Fellows of RACGP and ACRRM are ineligible for SRSA funding. We recommend applying for the Rural Procedural Grants Program (RPGP).

“I think that this is an essential part of rural and regional practice support as due to geographic and practical difficulties it is much more difficult for rural practitioners to get to appropriate continuing professional educational events”

–RACS Fellow

Funding Round Process

Application window

  • Medical specialists review the Funding Round 1 guidelines to ensure they are eligible to apply.
  • Prospective applicants ensure that their proposed CPD activity or event meets the Funding Round 1 application requirements.
  • Applicants download and complete the SRSA Funding Round 1 Application Form for submission to the SRSA Program Management Unit (PMU).

Assessment and selection

  • The PMU establish a cross Specialist Medical College assessment panel to review all individual CPD grant applications against the selection criteria.
  • The assessment panel determine the final list of approved individual CPD grant applications.

Notification of application outcomes

  • Successful and unsuccessful grant applicants will be contacted by the SRSA PMU to be informed of their application decision.
  • Successful grant applicants will be sent the SRSA Funding Agreement to be signed and returned to the PMU.

Completion of CPD

  • Grant recipients complete or attend their approved CPD activity or event within the designated Funding Round timeframe.
  • Grant recipients ensure they keep records / receipts of all expenditure related to their approved CPD activity.

Evaluation and reimbursement

  • Once grant recipients have completed their CPD activity they will complete the online evaluation survey.
  • Grant recipients then submit all receipts of CPD expenditure to the PMU for verification.
  • Approved funds for reimbursement are transferred to the grant recipient’s nominated bank account.