Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Nursing Scholarship

  • Location Berwick
  • Annual value Up to $7,500
  • Open date 15/12/2020
  • Close date 31/01/2021
  • Study sector Higher education
  • Study level Postgraduate
  • Student type Domestic; Refugee; Migrant
  • Student status New / commencing

The MCH nursing scholarships are designed to attract high quality nurses-midwives to increase the capacity of Victoria’s already world-class MCH nursing workforce. DHHS supports this scholarship as an initiative of the Victorian Government’s Early Childhood Reform Plan.

The MCH Nursing scholarship provides funding of up to $7,500 for:

  • Full-time students over one year
  • Part-time students over two years

Undertaking

  • Graduate Diploma of Health, Child and Family Health Nursing (Federation University)
  • Master of Health, Child and Family Health Nursing (Federation University)

The number and value of scholarships offered will be determined based on the number of eligible applicants that have accepted either a full fee paying, or commonwealth supported place (CSP).

About the Scholarship:

The Maternal and Child Health (MCH) scholarships program was established in 2004 as a state-wide initiative to address identified workforce shortages. The scholarships provide financial support for registered nurses with midwifery qualifications currently working in the Victorian Health Sector to undertake the required postgraduate qualification at the Organisation in the field of child and family health, to enable them to practice as an MCH nurse in Victoria. The scholarship funding is provided to assist students completing their post graduate studies, with the aim of increasing the number of nurses undertaking MCH postgraduate study to become an MCH nurse.

Why the Department is Funding this Activity

The Department recognises the importance of supporting nurses registered as both Division 1 nurses and midwives currently working in the Victorian Health Sector, who wish to extend their existing academic qualifications by obtaining a post graduate qualification in the field of maternal and child health. The MCH scholarships are one of a suite of workforce attraction and development initiatives provided by the Department, to ensure that the MCH workforce has the capacity to respond to the needs of a growing and changing Victorian population, and that the supply of MCH nurses can meet demand into the future.

Scholarships 

The scholarships are provided to make a contribution to accommodation and travel costs or childcare costs incurred to support study.

  • 5 x full-fee paying applicants will receive up to $7,500 in scholarship funding.
  • 4 x Commonwealth Support Place (CSP) will receive up to $2,500, as determined by the Department.

Bursaries 

Bursaries, of up to $5,000, will also be available to financially support Maternal and Child Health nursing students at Federation University who identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, identify as culturally and linguistically diverse, live in communities impacted by Victorian bushfires, or who demonstrate financial need (such as applicants in receipt of a Government tested low income benefit or who hold a Health Care Card).

Bursaries are only available to scholarship recipients.

Eligibility:

To be eligible to apply for the MCH Scholarship with Federation University Australia students will need to meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • be an Australian or New Zealand citizen, an Australian permanent resident or a permanent humanitarian visa holder
  • have accepted a place as a new student and/or be enrolled as a continuing student at Federation University in one of the following courses for Semester 1, 2021:
  • Graduate Diploma of Health, Child and Family Health Nursing (Federation University)
  • Master of Health, Child and Family Health Nursing (Federation University)
  • be currently registered as a Division 1 Registered Nurse (without restrictions) with Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
  • have current registration as a Midwife and a registered Division 1 nurse (without restrictions) with AHPRA
  • be able to undertake clinical placements in Victoria

It is important that the MCH Nursing workforce reflects the composition of the Victorian community. The DHHS strongly encourages applications from eligible people of any gender identity, age, religion, ethnicity, language, socio-economic background, sexual orientation and disability.

Priorities for scholarship recipients for 2021 will include:

  • Applicants from rural and remote regions
  • Applicants from communities affected by the bushfires
  • Applicants from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds
  • Applicants who identify as being of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage
  • Applicants residing in known high growth areas and/or areas with increasing demand for MCH services, and/or areas with MCH shortages
  • Demonstrated financial need, such as applicants in receipt of a Government tested low income benefit or hold a Health Care Card

Ineligibility:

You are ineligible to apply if you have previously received an MCH Nursing Scholarship from the Department of Education and Training (DET) or Department of Health and Health Services (DHHS).

It is important that the MCH Nursing workforce reflects the composition of the Victorian community. The DHHS strongly encourages applications from eligible people of any gender identity, age, religion, ethnicity, language, socio-economic background, sexual orientation and disability.

Scholarships and Bursaries may be subject to change depending on funding.

How to apply

Please apply by completeing this online application form.