Upcoming

  • Round 7: 1 July 2023 to 30 September 2024

Current

  • Round 6: 1 July 2022 to 30 September 2023

Previous

  • Round 1: 17 April 2017 to 28 February 2018
  • Round 2: 1 April 2018 to 28 February 2019
  • Round 3: 1 November 2018 to 31 December 2019
  • Round 4: 1 June 2019 to 30 June 2021
  • Round 5: 1 April 2020 to 30 April 2022

Eligibility Criteria

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CPD Activity Criteria

The following application requirements should be considered when preparing a funding submission:

  • Individuals must demonstrate that the proposed activity meets a specific learning need;
  • The CPD activity must be:
    • directly relevant to the applicant’s current employment in a regional, rural or remote area of Australia;
    • undertaken in Australia and must take place within the time frame specified in the Application Form;
    • have specific and explicit learning objectives and contain specific learning activities planned according to the educational objectives.
  • Courses and/or education activities nominated must be accredited by the relevant professional body;
  • The Assessment Panel prioritises clinical attachments, peer review, mentorships, workshops and courses over Annual Scientific Meetings and Conferences;
  • This program does not fund full postgraduate qualifications. Requests for financial support to complete individual university level courses (or “units of study”) may be considered;
  • Face to face education activities are encouraged. Online-only activities will be considered, particularly if they include a peer support or network building element;
  • The application must clearly document the outcomes of learning and implications for practice and outline a clear process for monitoring the achievement of learning objectives.

Selection Criteria

Individual CPD grant applications will be assessed against the following selection criteria:

  • Demonstration of identified need at ‘local’ level with respect to identified healthcare needs in context of individual educational needs.
  • Location; regional, rural and remote focus.
  • Demonstration of appropriate educational principles to enable key knowledge/skills attainment and transfer.
  • Ability to integrate learning to a wider context and to demonstrate sustainable changes in practice.
  • Relative ‘cost effectiveness’ / ‘value’.
  • Ability to reduce isolation.
  • Demonstrated hardship or difficulty in participating in approved CPD activities.

Funding Round Process

Applicants:

  • Review the relevant Funding Round guidelines to ensure eligibility.
  • Ensure that their proposed CPD activity will be completed within Australia within the designated Funding Round completion window.
  • Complete the online grant application form for submission to the SRSA Program Management Unit (PMU).
  • The PMU establish a cross Specialist Medical College assessment panel to review all individual CPD grant applications against the selection criteria.
  • The assessment panel determine the final list of approved individual CPD grant recipients.
  • Successful and unsuccessful grant applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application via email.
  • Successful grant recipients will be sent the SRSA Terms and Conditions to be electronically signed and emailed back to the PMU.
  • Countersigned copies of the Terms and Conditions document will be returned via email.
  • Grant recipients complete / attend their approved CPD activity or event within the designated Funding Round time frame.
  • Grant recipients ensure they keep records of receipts/invoices of all expenditure related to their approved CPD activity.
  • Once grant recipients have completed their CPD activity they will complete the online evaluation survey.
  • Grant recipients submit copies of all their records / receipts to the CPD expenditure to the PMU.
  • PMU verifies the receipts and approves funds to be reimbursed to the grant recipient’s nominated bank account.