Maternal and Child Health Nursing Scholarship
For Graduate Diploma in Child and Family Health Nursing students who are Division 1 nurses and midwives
The Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Nursing Scholarship provides funding of up to $10,000 for:
- Full-time students over one year
- Part-time students over two years
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).
To be eligible for this scholarship you must:
- be an Australian or New Zealand citizen, an Australian permanent resident or a permanent humanitarian visa holder
- have accepted a place, and/or be enrolled at RMIT University in the Graduate Diploma in Child and Family Health Nursing (GD159) in semester 1, 2020
- be currently registered as a Division 1 Registered Nurse (without restrictions) with Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency
- be currently registered as a Midwife (without restrictions) with Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency
You are ineligible to apply if you:
- have previously received a 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.
Priorities for scholarship recipients for 2020 will include:
- applicants from rural and remote regions
- 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 nurse shortages
- demonstrated financial need, such as applicants in receipt of a Government tested low income benefit or hold a Health Care Card.
The online application form will be made available here when applications open. Incomplete and incorrect applications will not be considered. Please note that it is important to apply by the deadline as late applications (even after successful enrolment) will not be accepted.
Depending on your circumstances, you will need to provide different types of evidence and material to support your scholarship application. Applications without supporting documents will not be considered.
You will need to provide:
- A copy of your Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) division 1 nursing and midwife registrations (downloaded from your online AHPRA portal)
- A written reference from a professional or academic referee. The reference must be on appropriate hospital/council or university letterhead from direct supervisor, signed with designation included and contact details provided. The reference should include:
- the referees contact details
- relationship to applicant
- length of relationship
- why the applicant should receive a scholarship.
- applicant’s relevant professional experience
Please visit Supporting Your Application for more information.
It is expected that the online application will take approximately thirty minutes to complete. You will need to include a statement of no more than 500 words that details why you have decided to undertake further study to become a Maternal and Child Health nurse. You should demonstrate your intention to seek employment within the Victorian MCH Service following completion of post graduate MCH studies.
Include relevant professional experience in your statement such as:
- Experience in antenatal support for vulnerable families, parenting, home visits and breastfeeding support
- Experience working with diverse families, women or children, including those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and/or from Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander backgrounds, and rural and remote Victorian experience
- Experience in specific areas of women’s health and/or children’s health and development
Find out more about applying for scholarships.
View the Coursework Scholarships Office’s terms and conditions.
Responsibilities of scholarship recipients:
- Scholarship recipients can take up to one year’s leave of absence after one semester of study and retain their scholarship funds.
- Scholarship recipients are not able to change courses and retain the scholarship funds. Recipients of the scholarship must retain enrolment in their postgraduate degree for the duration of the scholarship.
- Scholarship recipients maintain sole responsibility in self-assessing his or her tax position and will seek tax advice in relation to the scholarship agreement and the receipt of the scholarship.
- Scholarship recipients must maintain satisfactory academic performance which will be reviewed at the completion of each semester. If a student does not maintain satisfactory academic performance, their scholarship may be revoked, or payments suspended. For more information about academic progress including the definition of satisfactory academic progress, visit https://www.rmit.edu.au/students/studentessentials/assessment-and-exams/academic-progress.
- Scholarship funding will be paid as installments to students via EFT transfer each semester following census date. If a student is not enrolled, withdraws or does not complete the course, the remaining unpaid scholarship funds will not be transferred to the student.
- Scholarship recipients will not be eligible to receive any other fully funded scholarship from the Commonwealth, State or Territory government body while in receipt of this scholarship.
As part of the selection process, application data will be shared with La Trobe University and the Victorian Government Department of Health and Human Services. By agreeing to the declaration in the application form, you agree for this data to be shared for the purpose of scholarship selection and awarding.
Scholarship recipients consent to the following:
- RMIT University providing the Department with any such information as the Department may require in order to determine if the scholarship recipient is compliant with their obligations under the Agreement, limited to information as relevant to the scholarship such as ensuring satisfaction of eligibility criteria, academic progress and results (non-inclusive of personally identifiable information and contact information).
- being contacted by the University on behalf of the Department as a scholarship recipient via their email address for a period of up to five (5) years after the Term for the purposes of providing information to the Department regarding the Recipients experiences as a student, employment and experiences in the field of maternal and child health nursing.
- scholarship recipients may be requested to attend joint promotional events or participate in promotional activities in keeping with the spirit of the scholarship as reasonably requested between the Department and RMIT University.
Notice to applicants
The scholarship application process is highly competitive with a limited number of scholarships available. Unfortunately, not all eligible applicants will receive one.
Only successful candidates will be notified via email to their RMIT student account.