“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.”
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Funding Round at a glance
- RACS 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
“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
“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
“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
What is the maximum amount I can apply for per Funding Round?
Maximum $10,000 per grant applicant, per Funding Round.
Can I apply for multiple CPD activities in the same Funding Round?
Yes – each CPD activity requested will be assessed individually.
You can apply for multiple CPD activities on a single online grant application form.
Your total funds and days requested must not exceed the Funding Round cap of $10,000.
Can I apply for a CPD activity / event overseas?
Unfortunately, no. All CPD activities must be completed within Australia.
Can I apply for a CPD activity retrospectively?
All CPD activities must be requested prospectively, planned to be completed within the designated Funding Round activity window.
How can I increase my chances of securing a CPD grant?
The Assessment Panel prioritises ‘clinical attachments, peer review, practical skills workshops/courses’ over ‘conferences/Annual Scientific Meetings (ASMs)’.
Can I apply for university degrees, diplomas, and certificates?
The Assessment Panel may consider requests to complete components individual university level study e.g. courses and workshops.
The proposed course(s) must include at least (6) hours of face-to-face learning and must be completed within the designated Funding Round activity window.
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 email@example.com. 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.
I am no longer able to attend my approved CPD course/activity, what happens to my grant?
If you experience any difficulties attending your approved CPD course/activity, contact the SRSA PMU team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grant recipients are required to obtain permission in writing to amend the arrangements of their approved CPD grant.
If approved, you will be permitted to attend the same course/activity, as long as it is completed within your Funding Round CPD activity window. You will be reimbursed according to your originally approved CPD grant budget.