Medical
Health, Rural & Regional

Enhancing Country Health Outcomes

Funder:  Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal

 Grant Background:  The Enhancing Country Health Outcomes (ECHO) grant program aims to improve health outcomes for people living in rural, regional and remote Victoria and New South Wales.

The program provides targeted funds for charitable initiatives delivered by not-for-profit organisations that strengthen, improve accessibility and retain quality and contextually appropriate primary health care services in local communities.

Priority will be given to locally driven initiatives, based in rural, regional and remote Victorian and New South Wales communities that:

  1. Improve accessibility and availability of innovative public primary health service delivery that while publicly available, is difficult to access;
  2. Enable communities to attract and retain a multi-disciplinary health workforce,including General Practitioners and allied health workers, through innovative and novel approaches;
  3. Support the rural, regional and remote health workforce in being prepared for living and thriving in their / these communities;
  4. Provide innovative responses to local health needs that are collaborative, integrated and help create systemic change;
  5. Develop and implement evidence-based, best-practice models of care that are affordable, acceptable and appropriate to meeting the primary health care needs of people living in rural, regional and remote areas.

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Education, Health, Rural & Regional

Bush Bursaries

Funder:  NSW Rural Doctors & CWA

Grant Background: The NSW Rural Doctors Network (RDN) Bush Bursaries and Country Women’s Association (CWA) Scholarships provide selected medical, midwifery and nursing students in NSW/ACT with $1,500 each to assist with costs associated with their studies. Recipients also spend two weeks on a rural placement in country NSW during their university holidays. The placement combines the enjoyable aspects of country life and rural medicine.

Placements are coordinated by the rural Councils. Placement locations may differ each year due to the involvement of different Councils.

The two-week placements are usually undertaken in December or January.

Applicants must demonstrate:

  • an interest in rural practice and lifestyle;
  • an understanding of the realities of rural medical practice; and
  • the motivation to undertake a placement in a rural area as part of the scheme.

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