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Funding Round 4

  • Application window: 1 December 2018 to 31 March 2019
  • Assessment Panel review of applications: April 2019
  • Distribution of outcome letters via email: May 2019
  • CPD activity completion window: 1 June 2019 to 30 June 2020

The online grant application form will open 1 December 2018.Read More »

Funding Round 3

  • Application window: 1 June to 31 August 2018
  • Assessment Panel review of applications: September 2018
  • Distribution of outcome letters via email: October 2018
  • CPD activity completion window: 1 November 2018 to 31 December 2019

If you have completed your Funding Round 3 CPD activity, email admin@ruralspecialist.org.au to commence the reimbursement process.Read More »

Funding Round at a glance

Eligibility

Fellows from Specialist Medical Colleges* who live and work in rural / remote sites (at least Modified Monash 2) across Australia. You must have been practising as a specialist in a rural / remote site for at least 12 months. Proposed CPD activities must be completed within Australia.

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

Selection

The Assessment Panel prioritises applicants who: have been practicing for a longer duration in more rural / remote settings, and who can demonstrate how their proposed CPD activity will contribute to achieving their personal learning goals. Clinical attachments, mentorships, peer review, practical skills workshops and courses are prioritised over Annual Scientific Meetings (ASMs) and conferences.Read More »

Process

Grant applicants^ will be notified of their application outcome via email. Once the CPD activity has been completed, grant applicants submit copies of their receipts including confirmation of registration to the Project Management Unit (PMU). They will be asked to complete a short online survey and then the funds will be transferred to their nominated bank account.

^Note: Applicants may register and pay for their CPD activities before receiving the outcome letter but do so at their own risk.Read More »

  • “This program provides excellent support and encouragement for maintaining/enhancing abilities and skills for rural specialists. Some components of the course (cadaveric workshop/veterinary laboratory) would never be available in my regional place of practice and significantly enhanced my learning at the workshop.”

    ANZCA Fellow
  • “Peer review and interactive learning, the ability to ask questions and watch is a powerful learning tool. It is not commonly appreciated for those in the large hospitals where contacts is present daily.”

    RANZCO Fellow
  • “Lots of hands on and mentored case reading means I feel more confident to tackle live cases on a daily basis on return to the practice. This has been a very easy and gratifying process and I am very grateful for the opportunity this funding process has afforded me.”

    RANZCR Fellow
  • “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
  • “I have expertise in my subspecialty area of civil forensic assessments that I did not previously have; this is an internationally certified expert status. I feel highly supported professionally and engaged in an isolated major regional area with little opportunities for professional development.”

    RANZCP Fellow

FAQs:

What is the maximum amount I can apply for per Funding Round?

$2,000.00 per training day, up to (5) days (i.e. $10,000.00)

Can I apply for multiple CPD activities in the same Funding Round?

Yes – each application will be assessed individually. Note that you need to complete a separate application form for each CPD activity. See also FAQ 1.

Can I apply for a CPD activity / event overseas?

Unfortunately, no. All CPD activities must be completed within Australia.

How can I increase my chances of securing a CPD grant?

The Assessment Panel prioritises practical skills workshops and courses over Annual Scientific Meetings (ASMs).

When would I receive the CPD grant funds?

Once you have completed your approved CPD activity, email your scanned receipts related to CPD expenditure to admin@ruralspecialist.org.au. Your receipts will be verified and you will be required to complete a short online evaluation survey to help improve the program. Finally, the funds will be reimbursed to your nominated bank account once you have completed the evaluation survey.