Allied Health Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme

This initiative provides scholarships in various fields of postgraduate study, particularly where allied health workforce shortages have been identified. The Scholarship Scheme is an eligibility based Scheme, not an entitlement Scheme, however eligibility does not automatically lead to a scholarship.

Where a scholarship is awarded, it pays for a prescribed level of funding support for tuition fees only and is payable by way of reimbursement at the end of an approved semester(s) of study. The level of funding support varies from year to year and is dependent on the number of approved applicants and available budget.

Staff Eligibility

Allied health professional employees from the ACT Government Health Directorate or Calvary Public Hospital Bruce who have been permanently employed for at least 12 months with either ACT Health and/or Calvary, OR allied health professional staff who have been employed on a continuous temporary contract for a period of at least 12 months with ACT Health and/or Calvary) as at the advertised closing date for applications AND who hold a relevant Allied Health Professional degree or equivalent AND a minimum one year full-time equivalent postgraduate clinical work experience.

Course Eligibility

In addition to the above, applicants must also demonstrate that the course they are applying for meets the Scheme’s course eligibility criteria.

Eligible courses can have a clinical, education, management and leadership and/or research related focus and must also demonstrate alignment with ACT Health’s values and reform and innovation priorities.

Full details including information on ACT Health’s reform and innovation priorities are outlined in the 2017 Scheme Guidelines which can be downloaded here.

Important Information for prospective applicants in 2017

Please note that the 2017 Scheme Guidelines, Application Form and Referee Report form have all been revised and amended; the main changes in relation to previous versions are summarised below:

  • Courses of study need to align with and/or contribute to ACT Health values;
  • Courses of study need to align with ACT Health’s reform and innovation priorities;
  • The Application Form (hyperlink to attached Word doc –03 FINAL AHPSS Application Form) now includes a section that requires applicants to address two selection criteria;
    • Detail the relationship between the proposed course of study and your area of allied health practice;
    • Describe how your proposed course of study is relevant to and aligns with ACT Health values and reform and innovation priorities.

The Referee Report now requires referees to respond to four questions, including the two selection criteria noted above.

Applications for the 2017 round open Tuesday 1st November 2016 and close Tuesday 14th February 2017.

Applications must be submitted on the 2017 Application Form and Referee Reports submitted on the 2017 Referee Report form.

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Need More Information?

INFORMATION SESSIONS for prospective applicants will be held as follows:

Canberra Hospital

Monday 10th October 2016

Building 24-Meeting Room 2


8 places available

Please RSVP by Friday 7th October 2016 to

Canberra City

Wednesday 12th October 2016

11 Moore Street-Level 3- Small meeting room


10 places available

Please RSVP by Monday 10th October 2016 to

Contact the Office of the Chief Allied Health Officer


Contact Chief Allied Health Office

Sally Ranford
Scheme Administrator
Phone (02) 6205 2494