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Funding Round 3 Key Dates

  • Application window: 1 June to 31 August 2018
  • Assessment Panel review of applications: September 2018
  • Applicants informed via email of outcomes by end of 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 2 Grant Recipients

  • Applications window: 1 November 2017 – 28 February 2018
  • Assessment Panel review of applications: March 2018
  • Applicants informed via email of outcomes by end of March 2018
  • CPD activity completion window: 1 April 2018 to 28 February 2019

If you have completed your Funding Round 2 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.

*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. Practical skills workshops and courses are prioritised over Annual Scientific Meetings (ASMs).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 »

  • “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
  • “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
  • “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

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.