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Funding Round 6

  • Outcomes were sent to applicants on 15 and 16 June 2022
  • CPD activities must be completed between 1 July 2022 and 30 September 2023
  • We will contact you after your activity to organise reimbursement
  • Please keep receipts for all relevant expenses

Funding Rounds 4 and 5

  • Due to COVID-19 disruptions, recipients from Funding Rounds 4 and 5 who were unable to use their grants have had them automatically rolled into Funding Round 6
  • Please contact us if you don’t know the status of your grant

How do funding rounds work?

Eligibility

Fellows and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander trainees from Specialist Medical Colleges who work in rural Australia (Modified Monash 2-7) and have been practising in a rural area for at least 12 months are eligible.

CPD activities must be completed in Australia.

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Selection

The Assessment Panel prioritises applicants who:

  • Practice in more remote settings
  • Can demonstrate how their CPD activity will contribute to their community and learning goals

They also proritise clinical attachments, mentorships, peer review, practical skills workshops and courses over ASMs and conferences.

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Process

Apply by completing our online application form. We will notify all applicants of their outcome via email.

Once successful applicants have completed their CPD activity, we will ask them to submit copies of their receipts and complete a short survey. They will be reimbursed for their expenses, up to their total grant amount.

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  • “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
  • “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 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
  • “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?

The maximum is $10,000.

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

Yes, although you will only be awarded a grant for one activity. If you are applying for multiple activities, it is a good idea to rank them in order of your preference.

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?

Unfortunately, no.

All CPD activities must be requested prospectively and completed within the Funding Round activity window (15 months).

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

To increase your chances:

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

Often applications exceed available grant funds. If you miss out, please re-apply during the next round.

Can I apply for university degrees, diplomas, and certificates?

The Assessment Panel may consider requests to complete components of individual university level study e.g. courses and workshops. The proposed course(s) must be completed within the designated Funding Round activity window.

When would I receive the CPD grant funds?

Once you have completed your activity, we will ask you to send us your receipts and complete a short evaluation survey. Once this is done, we will reimburse you for your expenses into your nominated bank account.

I am no longer able to attend my approved CPD course/activity, what happens to my grant?

If you have any difficulties attending your CPD activity please contact us.

You may be able to attend an alternative activity but will need to get permission in writing. To apply for a change, simply send us details of why you were unable to attend your approved activity along with the proposed replacement activity.

Your total grant amount won’t change and you will have to complete the new activity within the funding round activity window.