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Grant Round 7

  • Application window closed
  • Outcomes communicated to all applicants in June 2023
  • Activities must be completed from 1 July 2023 – 30 June 2024

Grant Round 8

  • Application window closed
  • Outcomes communicated to all applicants in May 2024
  • Activities must be completed from 1 July – 31 December 2024

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    About SRSA

    Eligibility

    You must work in rural Australia (Modified Monash 2-7) as either:

    • A (non-GP) specialist
    • An Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander specialist trainee; or
    • A specialist international medical graduate under assessment

    CPD activities must be completed in Australia or New Zealand within the grant round timeframe.

    Assessment

    Applications are assessed by initial ranking and a selection panel, which preferences:

    • Applicants who practice in more remote settings
    • Applicants whose CPD activity will contribute to their community and learning goals
    • CPD activities that are more interactive e.g., clinical attachments, mentorships, peer review, workshops and practical courses

    Timeline

    SRSA offers two funding rounds per year:

    • Applications are accepted between February – April for CPD activities taking place between July – December
    • Applications are accepted between August – October for CPD activities taking place between January – June in the subsequent year
    • If successful, you will receive your grant prior to the start of your activity window

    Testimonials:

    • “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.”

      Regional radiologist
    • “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.”

      Rural surgeon
    • “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.”

      Regional pathologist
    • “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.”

      Regional anaesthetist
    • “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.”

      Rural ophthalmologist

    FAQs

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

    Grants are available up to $12,000 per person, per round.

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

    No. Grant funds cannot be split between multiple activities unless they are directly related (e.g., a workshop held in conjunction with a conference). Applications for multiple activities will not be considered.

    Can I apply for a CPD activity / event overseas?

    CPD activities can only be completed in Australia or New Zealand.

    Can I apply for a CPD activity retrospectively?

    Unfortunately, no. All CPD activities must be requested prospectively and completed within the 6-month activity window.

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

    To increase your chances:

    • Apply for more active learning, such as a clinical placement or peer review
    • Make the benefits of the CPD activity to your learning goals and the community/ies you serve clear

    Requests for SRSA grants often exceed available the funding available. If you miss out, please re-apply during the next round. Two funding rounds are offered per year.

    When would I receive the funds?

    Successful applicants will receive their grant funds within six weeks of accepting SRSA’s letter of offer.

    What happens if I am no longer able to attend my approved CPD activity?

    If you have any difficulties attending your CPD activity please contact us. You may be able to propose an alternative activity.

    What happens after I complete my CPD activity?

    You are required to submit the following to SRSA within one month of attending your CPD activity:

    • Evidence of completion (e.g., certificate)
    • Financial declaration