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Support for Rural Specialists in Australia (SRSA) program: applications now open for Funding Round 4

05 December 2018
 
 
 
Rural and remote Fellows in Australia, you can apply for a Support for Rural Specialists in Australia (SRSA) Funding Round 4 grant. These grants help support some of the costs of your continuing professional development (CPD) activities, such as course/workshop registration fees, flights and accommodation.
 
How to apply
For more information regarding Funding Round 4 including application guidelines and forms, visit www.ruralspecialist.org.au or contact admin@ruralspecialist.org.au.
 
Key dates
 
Application window 1 December 2018 to 31 March 2019
Assessment panel review April 2019
Outcome letters distributed via email May 2019
CPD activity completion window 1 June 2019 to 30 June 2020

Notable changes for Funding Round 4
  • Increased budget caps: accommodation ($350/night), breakfast ($30), lunch ($50) and dinner ($70).
  • improvements to the online grant application form, based on feedback received.
 
Frequently asked questions
1. Can I complete a CPD activity overseas?
Unfortunately, no. All CPD activities must be completed within Australia. 
 
2. What is the maximum amount I can apply for per Funding Round?
$2,000 per training day, up to 5 days (i.e. $10,000).

3. Can I apply for multiple CPD activities?
Yes, each proposed CPD activity will be assessed individually. 

4. How can I increase my chances in securing a CPD grant?
The Assessment Panel prioritises: clinical attachments, mentorships, peer review and workshops/courses over annual scientific meetings and conferences.
 
5. When would I receive the CPD grant funds?
Once you have you have completed your approved CPD activity, you will be asked to complete a short online evaluation survey. Your receipts related to CPD expenditure will be verified and then you will be reimbursed to your nominated bank account. 
 
Eligibility
Rural specialists who live and work in areas determined using the Modified Monash Model (MMM) system categories MM2 to MM7 are eligible to apply for grants of up to A$10,000 (up to A$2,000 per training day, up to five days) to support participation in CPD activities.
 
Information on the remoteness classification of any town or community in Australia is available on the Department of Health map locator.
 
CPD activities must be completed between 1 June 2019 and 30 June 2020.