FAQs

NAHSSS: Allied Health Clinical Placements

  1. Who can apply for the scholarship?
  2. What professions are eligible for NAHSSS: Allied Health Clinical Placement?
  3. I do not have the details of my clinical placement at the time of my application.  Am I still eligible to apply?
  4. My placement is longer than 6 weeks.  Am I eligible to apply?
  5. My profession is not listed. Is there another scholarship program that may assist me?
  6. I am currently studying at the Honours level. Am I eligible to apply?
  7. What university must I attend?
  8. I need to change some information on my application form. How can I do this?
  9. I have been awarded other scholarships/bursaries/prizes. Will this affect my NAHSSS scholarship?
  10. How are the applications processed?
  11. What is the ASGC-RA and why is it important?
  12. What does the scholarship pay for?
  13. Is the scholarship bonded?
  14. Do I have to provide receipts proving how I spent the scholarship funds?
  15. Can I drive my own vehicle to the clinical placement community?
  16. How are mileage/petrol costs calculated?
  17. What are the minimum and maximum levels of income permitted to scholarship applicants?
  18. Is the scholarship taxed?
  19. I currently receive Centrelink payments. Will the scholarship affect these payments?
  20. If I don't receive the scholarship this year, am I able to re-apply next year?
  21. What is a Conditional Offer?
  22. What are my responsibilities as a successful applicant/scholar?
  23. What if I don't comply with the requirements of the scholarship?
  24. Can I defer my scholarship if I don't have an eligible placement in the relevant calendar year?
  25. What happens if I decide to change to a different accredited course of study?
  26. If I defer my study, what happens to my scholarship?
  27. When will the results of the application process be known?
  28. I am a New Zealand Citizen. Am I eligible for this scholarship scheme?
  29. Do I have to be a member of SARRAH to apply?

 

1. Who can apply for the scholarship?

  • Australian Citizens or Permanent Australian Residents
  • Students enrolled in an accredited, eligible allied health course that results in a nationally recognised and accredited qualification
  • Students enrolled as a full-time or part-time student in an accredited/approved Australian undergraduate/postgraduate/doctorate level eligible allied health course
  • Students undertake clinical placements (minimum one week to maximum six weeks) in a relevant calendar year in an Australian rural or remote community
  • Students undertake clinical placements away from the university town
  • Students undertake clinical placements within ASGC-RA 2-5 classification (please click here to determine if you qualify)

 Entry-Level (1st year) undergraduates do not qualify under this scheme. Students that apply under this scholarship stream will require to comply with the requirements of the clinical placement organisation.

If you are a New Zealand citizen, please click here to determine your eligibility for Australian citizenship/residency.

2.  What professions are eligible for the NAHSSS: Allied Health Clinical Placement?

The eligible allied health professions for the 2017 round of scholarships include:

  • Aboriginal Health Worker (Cert IV and above only)
  • Audiology
  • Chinese medicine
  • Chiropractic
  • Dental & Oral Health (includes Dentistry, Dental Hygiene, Dental Prosthetics)
  • Dietetics and Nutrition
  • Exercise Physiology (AAESS approved only)
  • Genetic Counselling (Postgraduate study only)
  • Medical Radiation Science (Medical Imaging, Nuclear Medicine Technology, Radiation Therapy)
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Optometry
  • Orthoptics
  • Osteopathy
  • Paramedics
  • Physiotherapy
  • Podiatry
  • Prosthetics and Orthotics
  • Psychology (Honours, Postgraduate only in Health, Counselling, Neuro Psychology and Clinical Psychology)
  • Social Work (Australian Association of Social Workers approved courses only)
  • Speech Pathology
  • Sonography.

3.  I do not have the details of my clinical placement at the time of my application.  Am I still eligible to apply?

Yes.  You can still submit your application without the confirmed details of your clinical placement.  If your application is successful, you will then be requested to submit these details within an agreed timeframe after the application period.

4. My placement is longer than 6 weeks.  Am I eligible to apply?

Scholarship funding of upto 6 weeks placement is available.  Students having longer than 6 weeks of placement are still eligible to apply.  Recipients of the scholarship are eligible to receive 6 weeks of funding only, any costs incurred after the six weeks will be the students responsibility.

5.  My profession is not listed.  Is there another scholarship program that may assist me?

For information about other Australian Government scholarship programs, please visit the Department of Health's website.

Other sources of financial support may be available from your State/Territory Department of Health, your professional organisational body, community groups or your university.

6.  I am currently studying at the Honours level.  Am I eligible to apply?

Under NAHSSS: Allied Health Clinical Placement, study at honours level is covered by the scholarship only if the honours component is an integral part of your undergraduate/entry-level degree.

7.  What university must I attend?

You may attend any Australian university or tertiary institution of your choice provided that upon graduation, you will have a qualification nationally recognised by your professional organisation enabling you to work in your chosen field. The important point to remember is that your profession must be one of those listed in Question 2.

8.  I need to change some information on my application form.  How can I do this?

You must correct this information prior to the closing date of the scholarship application period. You may log in and correct any information in your application form prior to the closing date.

Please be aware that deliberately misleading information shall result in the withdrawal of the application, offer of a conditional scholarship or repayment of scholarship funds.

9.  I have been awarded other scholarships/bursaries/prizes.  Will this affect my NAHSSS scholarship?

Students who hold scholarships, bursaries or prizes that provide funding for the same clinical placement as NAHSSS: Allied Health Clinical Placements are not eligible for this scholarship. Other scholarships, bursaries or prizes awarded must be disclosed to SARRAH even if they do not affect your eligibility.  All past/present scholarships held must be declared.

Other ineligible conditions:

  • Students who have already been awarded the NAHSSS: Allied Health Clinical Placement Scholarship during their course of study are not eligible to apply.
  • For Nursing/Paramedics double degree, only the Paramedics placement will be considered.
  • Students who do not have a rural placement with the relevant funding round are not eligible (for example, the 2017 funding/application round awards scholarships for rural placements between 1 January to 31 December 2017).
  • Placements within the university town are ineligible.
  • Major city/metropolitan placements are ineligible.

The NAHSSS: Allied Health Clinical Placement Scholarship is awarded once only during your course of study.

Exemption

  • Recipients of NAHSSS Undergraduate and Clinical Psychology Scholarships are also eligible for the NAHSSS: Allied Health Clinical Placement Scholarship.

  • Other scholarships, bursaries or prizes must be disclosed to SARRAH even if they don't affect your eligibility for the NAHSSS: Allied Health Clinical Placement Scholarship. All past/present scholarships held must be declared.

10.  How are the applications assessed?

 We look at the eligibility of applicants. Every eligible applicant has an equal chance of being represented in the assessment and selection process.  However, due to limited number of places available, all eligible applicants cannot be guaranteed a scholarship. 

11.  What is the ASGC-RA and why is it important?

ASGC-RA stands for Australian Standard Geographic Classification – Remoteness Area. ASGC-RA (or RA for short) is the classification system used in NAHSSS: Allied Health Clinical Placement to determine the remoteness of clinical placement communities. ASGC-RA 2 to 5 communities are considered eligible for scholarship support.

If you are unsure if your community is an ASGC-RA classified area 2 – 5, please click here to determine your eligibility.

In determining rural or remoteness for NAHSSS: Allied Health Clinical Placement, the Australian Government acknowledges that universities within Tasmania and the Northern Territory do not provide oral health and most allied health courses. For the purpose of this scholarship program, clinical placements in the Northern Territory and Tasmania will be considered eligible regardless of the ASGC-RA classification.

12.  What does the scholarship pay for?

The maximum scholarship entitlement could be changed depending on available funding for 2017 academic year. Under the current funding agreement between the Department of Health and SARRAH, funding was provided for a small number of scholarships for 2017. The scholarship entitlement per placement will be calculated on a case by case basis to award a maximum number of scholarships possible.

Scholarship recipients will receive a stipend (living allowance) of $500 per week for up to six weeks to be used for food and living expenses. 

The scholarship will also contribute towards one return trip from place of residence to the clinical placement facility and accommodation costs (for up to six weeks) at the clinical placement location.

Assistance towards these two costs are capped and may not cover the full amount. Any shortfalls in these expenses are to be paid for by the scholar. SARRAH does not disclose these capped amounts. The placement facility will receive an honorarium of $300 per clinical placement week may be available in recognition of supervisor support provided to the scholar and the Scheme for up to six weeks.

For further information on scholarship allowances, please read the Guidelines.

13.  Is the scholarship bonded?

No, the NAHSSS: Allied Health Clinical Placement Scholarship is not bonded.

14.  Do I have to provide receipts proving how I spent the scholarship funds?

No. You do not have to provide receipts except where you have paid for your transport (flights/train/bus/taxi) or accommodation costs prior to being offered the scholarship and you are seeking reimbursement for these costs.

Travel allowance

If you are driving your own vehicle, you will be paid an eligible travel allowance directly (no receipts required for this). However, when flying, eligible flight costs
will be reimbursed upon receipt.

 Accommodation

The administrator will pay approved accommodation costs directly to the accommodation provider on a valid tax invoice. If accommodation deposits are required to hold the booking, scholars are requested to pay this and submit receipt for reimbursement; however, if this is a refundable deposit, then reimbursements will not be considered. Further information on accommodation is provided in the Guidelines. You may also contact the Clinical Placement Team to clarify any confusion on the accommodation allowance.

15.  Can I drive my own vehicle to the clinical placement community?

Yes.  You can drive your vehicle to and from the clinical placement community at your own risk.  You must make a written request to drive your own vehicle and submit a valid driver's license.

16.  How are mileage/petrol costs calculated?

Mileage/petrol costs are calculated as follows:

  • by using 'Google Maps' as a guide to determine the number of kilometres travelled @ $0.70/km then
  • determining the cost of the most economical method of alternate transport.

The less expensive of the two travel estimates is then paid to the scholar prior to the commencement of their placement.

For example, a scholar from Melbourne is undertaking a clinical placement in Albury and wants to drive their own vehicle:

Option 1:

  • Kilometres travelled using 'Google Maps' is estimated at 652km return trip
  • 652kms @ $0.70/km = $456 travel allowance

Option 2:

  • A return flight from Melbourne to Albury is approximately $350 (at the time of writing)
  • The approved travel allowance payable would be $350 in this instance.

(The above scenarios are examples only).

Travel costs are determined and approved by the administrator on a case-by-case basis and the methodology used may include equivalent costs of flights, bus, trains and ferry transport, or a combination.

17.  What are the minimum and maximum levels of income permitted to scholarship applicants?

The NAHSSS: Allied Health Clinical Placement Scholarship is not means tested and there are no set levels of eligible income. No assets test will apply.

18.  Is the scholarship taxed?

Scholarship applicants and recipients are encouraged to seek advice from the Australian Taxation Office about any impact the awarding of a scholarship may have on their financial situation.  Depending on the scholarship and your mode of study, scholarship payments may be taxable.

Information is available from the Australian Taxation Office.

19.  I currently receive Centrelink payments.  Will the scholarship affect those payments?

Personal circumstances differ. Successful applicants will need to consult Centrelink about the impact of the scholarship payments on their Centrelink payments.

Information is available from Centrelink.

If you are not successful you can re-apply in the following years .

21.  What is a Conditional Offer?

A Conditional Offer is an interim offer and does not guarantee you a scholarship until all requested/mandatory documents are submitted within an agreed timeframe. Your submitted paperwork will then be assessed against the assessmen criteria. If your paperwork satisfies the NAHSSS: Allied Health Clinical Placement Scholarship requirements, approval will be granted. An 'Approval Letter' will be emailed outlining the breakdown and dates of payment of your eligible allowances.

 

22.  What are my responsibilities as a successful applicant/scholar?

When offering conditional scholarships, we will send a scholar package via email. Conditionally awarded scholars must complete and return the scholar package with mandatory supporting documentation by the given deadline (or if you cannot gather all the information by the deadline, you should notify the administrator of the delay in the documentation submission) so the administrator can confirm scholarship eligibility and determine extensions.

The package will include:

  •     Conditional Offer Terms & Conditions
  •     Conditional Offer Letter
  •     A Scholar Agreement – this sets out the terms and conditions of the scholarship and the scholar's obligations
  •     A checklist on the mandatory supporting documents required for the approval process
  •     A Scholar Guide.

The NAHSSS: Allied Health Clinical Placement Scholarship subsidises approved allowances for six weeks only. Recipients of this scholarship will be funded for their intended duration of the clinical placement but not more than six weeks. Any costs incurred outside the approved six week duration becomes the scholar's responsibility.

23.  What if I don't comply with the requirements of the scholarship?

Failure to comply with the requirements of the scholarship can include:

  • Deliberately providing misleading and/or false information to the administrator
  • Withholding information that may affect the applicant/scholar's eligibility
  • Failure to provide all the necessary information and/or supporting documents to the administrator by the date specified
  • Attending a placement in a location other that what was approved by the administrator.  For example, being approved for a placement in Darwin but attending a placement in Sydney
  • Attending a placement for less time than what is approved and funded by the administrator.  For example, receiving support for a six week placement and only going for four weeks
  • Failure to participate in the activities offered by the clinical placement facility
  • Failure to return any forms, including the Scholar Evaluation form to the administrator.

Failure to comply with the requirements of this scholarship shall result in any or all of the following:

  • Rejection of your application Conditional Offer
  • Withdrawl of your Conditional Offer
  • Cancellation of your scholarship.

Where scholarship payments have been made, scholars shall repay these funds.  This includes any stipends paid directly to the scholar as well as any travel and accommodation costs and any supervisor honorarium paid to any third party.

24.  Can I defer my scholarship if I don't have an eligible placement in the relevant calendar year?

Under the NAHSSS Guidelines, a scholarship holder may request a scholarship deferral. These are not automatically approved but may be considered on a case-by-case basis depending on the nature of the extenuating circumstances. For the purposes of the NAHSSS: Allied Health Clinical Placement Scholarships, extenuating circumstances are defined as “circumstances outside of the control of the scholarship recipient, and include, but are not limited to, illness, injury, bereavement or natural disaster."

Apart from extenuating circumstances, as described above, scholarships cannot be deferred across calendar years which means, as an example, if a scholarship holder is expected to undertake a clinical placement in November 2017 but the university advised the actual placement will now be in May 2018, the scholarship holder must forfeit the scholarship.

Split period clinical placements may also occur within the relevant calendar year. Under the current system, the scholarship holder will only receive scholarship payments for the period of the placement that occurs in the relevant scholarship period.

25.  What happens if I decide to change to a different accredited course of study?

Applicants who change their course of study to a different accredited/approved allied health professional course must provide a request in writing to the administrator for consideration. Any written requests must be supported by confirmation from the applicant's university confirming their new course details.

The administrator will confirm with the applicant the outcome of their decision regarding the course change in writing within 30 days of receiving a written request.

26.  If I defer my study, what happens to my scholarship?

Your scholarship can be deferred until the end of the relevant funding round, e.g.. 31 December 2017 . You must provide written evidence from your university to confirm the details of your deferral.

27.  When will the results of the application process be known?

SARRAH expects that applicants for the 2017 Scholarship Funding Round will be emailed with the results of the selection process by 17 March 2017. However, if there is a delay in the selection process and the results aren’t available prior to a successful applicant commencing their placement, they will receive their scholarship allowances dating from 1st January 2017 or the first day of their placement, whichever is later, as a lump sum payment.

28. I am a New Zealand citizen. Am I eligible for this scholarship scheme?

To be eligible to apply for the NAHSSS scholarship, you must be either an Australian permanent resident or an Australian citizen.

New Zealand citizens who arrived in Australia on or after 27 February 2001 must have applied for, and been granted Australian permanent residency to be eligible to apply for a scholarship.

New Zealand citizens living in Australia prior to 27 February 2001 are eligible to apply for a scholarship. You will be required to provide proof that you have lived in Australia prior to 27 February 2001.

Acceptable proof includes:

  • official documentation showing your residential address in Australia prior to 27 February 2001 e.g. Centrelink payments, bank statements, utility bills etc.
  • A certificate issued under the Social Security Act 1991 stating you were residing in Australia on 26 February 2001.  Please note: These certificates must be held retrospectively as they are no longer issued.

Further information on Australian residency/citizenship status can be found on the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website.

SARRAH is the peak body for Australia's rural and remote allied health professionals and students, advocating their needs at a local, state and national level. SARRAH believes that every Australian should have access to equitable health services, wherever they live. Sadly, many Australians go without the heath services that city people take for granted. SARRAH strives to improve this by giving allied health professionals the support they need to remain in rural and remote settings. By doing this, SARRAH helps to improve patient wellbeing and reduce health costs.

Our aim: We exist so that rural and remote Australian communities have allied health services that support equitable and sustainable health and wellbeing..

To obtain additional information in response to any questions you may have, please consult the NAHSSS: Allied Health Clinical Placement 2017 Guidelines or speak to the NAHSSS: Allied Health Clinical Placement team.

29. Do I have to be a member of SARRAH to apply?

No.  You do not have to a member to be eligible to apply, however we do encourage all scholarship recipients to join SARRAH to receive membership benefits.  You can find out more information on how to join by clicking here.