The Australian Government aims to consolidate and build on workforce programs to ensure they better align with, and are able to respond to, the needs of health professionals to train and practice, particularly in clinical areas and locations of particular need.
The Nursing and Allied Health Scholarship and Support Scheme (NAHSSS) Guidelines form the basis for administration of a broad range of study and professional development support arrangements for nursing and allied health professionals. Among the arrangements covered by these Guidelines are professional development scholarships and clinical placement support for nurses working in Indigenous Australian health services (identified in the COAG Indigenous Health National Partnership) and financial incentives for the rural midwifery workforce to update their skills, a part of the Australian Government’s Maternity Reform package.
The objectives of the consolidated NAHSSS are to:
- Increase the health workforce by facilitating the entry of jobseekers and youths interested in pursuing a career in nursing or the allied health professions;
- Facilitate the continued professional development of nurses and allied health professionals; and
- Encourage the pursuit of a health career in both geographic areas and professions where there are shortages.
Click on this link to download: DoHA General Guideline