More scholarships soon in mental health nursing scheme
A further 38 full-time-equivalent postgraduate mental health nursing scholarships will be awarded soon in the second round of an Australian Government scheme which is helping to build Australia’s mental health workforce. Applications for the awards under the Mental Health Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme: Mental Health Nursing close on 12 October.
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24 September 2007
A further 38 full-time-equivalent postgraduate mental health nursing scholarships will be awarded soon in the second round of an Australian Government scheme which is helping to build Australia’s mental health workforce.
This will bring the total number of mental health nursing scholarships awarded so far under this scheme to 75, the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Health and Ageing, Senator Brett Mason, said today.
Applications for second-round awards under the Mental Health Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme: Mental Health Nursing would close on 12 October, Senator Mason said.
These new grants come on top of the 105 scholarships already awarded in the first round of the scheme, which supports students completing eligible postgraduate training programs in both clinical psychology and mental health nursing.
“The scheme is one of several Council of Australian Government measures announced in last year’s Budget that will help improve mental health services.
“Each scholarship is worth $10,000 per year for each year of full-time study in an approved course,” he said.
Senator Mason said the scheme aimed to improve access to mental health services by adding to Australia’s trained mental health workforce.
The Royal College of Nursing, Australia (RCNA) manages the mental health nursing scholarships, in close collaboration with the Australian Nursing Federation and the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses.
Students interested in undertaking postgraduate studies in mental health nursing in 2008 should apply to the RCNA. Further information and application packages are available through the RCNA scholarships web site at www.rcna.org.au/site/scholarships.php or by calling 1800 770 562.
Applications from people seeking postgraduate scholarships in an approved clinical psychology program will open later in the year. Further information will be available through the APS web site at www.psychology.org.au.
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