Training and education for nurses and midwives

Mental health education studies assistance grants

Key Dates

Applications for round one 2019 have closed. Round two applications will open July 2019.

This grant scheme supports NT residents studying Mental Health. Under the scheme you can apply for assistance to help with the cost of study. There are two rounds of grants during a calendar year which align with university semesters. Applicants apply for support each semester in which they are studying.


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Who can apply for the grant?

You are encouraged to apply for a Studies Assistance Grant if you are a student enrolled in studies towards a tertiary level qualification related to Mental Health and meet the following:

Postgraduate NT Health Nurses, Midwives and Aboriginal Health Practitioners enrolled in:

  • Standalone relevant post graduate course (Perinatal Mental Health; other relevant standalone courses)
  • Graduate Certificate (mental health courses)
  • Graduate Diploma (mental health courses)
  • Master (Perinatal Mental Health; Mental Health and other mental health related courses)
  • PhD (mental health related)

Who are:

  • Australian Citizens or Australian Permanent Residents
  • New Zealand Citizens who are Special Category Visa (SCV) Holders
  • Employed in a NT health service for one year or more
  • Registered with appropriate Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency
  • Enrolled at a NT education provider

Conditions of grant scheme

You may only apply for reimbursement of the expenditure directly related to your course of study for the current semester. You must upload proof of payment using the online application form for each item you are claiming. Payments are not backdated for previous semesters.

The Mental Health Education Studies Assistance Grant may be awarded to assist with:

  • course fees
  • reference books and textbooks
  • travel and accommodation for compulsory face-to-face residential course attendance/ intensive practicum/clinical placement blocks

Funding is not provided for:

  • loss of income such as salary/wages
  • computer hardware, software and internet access
  • accommodation for family members
  • NT Working with Children Card (Ochre Card) fees
  • first aid courses
  • child care or fuel while attending on-campus classes.

NOTE: If you receive financial assistance from the Department of Health or other sources, you must declare this on a Statutory Declaration. Other financial assistance is taken into account when evaluating your application.

How to apply for grant

The grant scheme has two rounds during a calendar year that aligns with semesters one and two. Applicants must apply each semester in which they are undertaking study. However it should not be assumed that successful applicants in one round will be successful in later rounds.

If you are unsuccessful, you may apply again providing continue to meet the eligibility criteria.

Your online application cannot be saved and returned to later, have the following ready to start your application.

  • a copy of your birth certificate or passport and permanent resident visa
  • Fee Assessment Notice from your registered training organisation
  • receipts for any expenses you plan to claim
  • a completed statutory declaration form declaring:

Please note all applications and supporting documents must be submitted online.

If you are not a Department of Health employee you should submit a Vendor Application Form (37KB) with your application to receive payment.

How is your application assessed?

An assessment panel will review applications on the merit of the material provided and recommend the allocation of funding.

Allocation of funds will be based on a range of considerations including available funds, Priority Categories, contribution by the applicant and the number of applications received.

The total amount requested may not be funded. Successful applicants may receive a contribution towards the costs of study, rather than the full amount requested on the application form.

When the assessment process has been finalised, applicants will be advised of the outcome of their application via email.

Priority categories

Priority is given to applicants undertaking studies that contributes to increasing mental health service delivery and health outcomes for Territorians. Priority categories are subject to change to reflect changes in the NT strategic direction.

The priority strategic workforce goals to be addressed by the 2019 Mental Health Education Studies Assistance Grant Scheme are:

  • Contribute to the development of sustainable local and Aboriginal workforces;
  • Support Nurse Practitioner candidates to make the transition from advanced practice nurses to the full extended scope of practice as Nurse Practitioners at designated sites and in priority health areas;
  • Support development of a very remote, remote and urban workforce skilled in health service areas of need; and
  • Meet the strategic direction of the health services by building a sustainable and quality workforce delivering high quality and safe care.

Grants will be awarded in order of Priority Categories.

  • Category 1 - Students identifying as Aboriginal persons undertaking study related to Mental Health
  • Category 2 - Non-Aboriginal students undertaking tertiary study related to Mental Health

Rights of Appeal

If you don’t agree with the result of your application, you must lodge a Letter of Appeal. Address to Chief Nursing and Midwifery Office, Department of Health, PO Box 40596, Casuarina NT 0811.

The Letter of Appeal should outline the nature and basis of the appeal. A copy of any other documentary evidence beyond the original application should accompany the letter, and be sent to NursingStudies.Assistance@nt.gov.au

The Chief Nursing and Midwifery Office will communicate the outcome of the appeal to the applicant in writing within 14 days.

How is the grant paid?

Terms of payment

  • The Mental Health Education Studies Grant is a reimbursement scheme. To claim your approved funding, evidence of successful completion of the units approved for funding must be provided. For example, an academic transcript.
  • Academic transcripts/statement of results must be received by 09/08/2019. Academic transcripts/statement of results for semester two must be received by 20/12/2019. Failure to send these results by the due date will void your application.
  • You will only receive a reimbursement based on the units passed. If the unit is to be repeated in the following semester or academic year, you will need to reapply for study assistance for that subject.
  • The amount requested may not be fully funded. Successful applicants may receive a contribution towards the costs of study, rather than the full amount requested on the application form.
  • Applications will only be considered if all required evidence and documentation is provided.
  • Applicants who are receiving sponsorship from other sources may not be eligible for grants, or may only be eligible for a part payment only.
  • Funding for successful applicants will be approved in principle for the current semester’s expenditure. Proof of enrolment and fee payment are required.
  • Payment is made direct credit to your nominated bank account via your AGS or Vendor number only. If you are a non-DoH employee, a vendor application will need to be completed and returned before the due date. You can download a copy of this form on the NT Nursing and Midwifery website.
  • You will receive advice of payment process via email. Please be aware that payment may take up to 30 days.
  • You must advise the Chief Nursing and Midwifery Office via nursingstudies.assistance@nt.gov.au of any changes to your circumstances, address or contact details.

Contact

Chief Nursing and Midwifery Office

Phone: 1800 000 648
Email: nursingstudies.assistance@nt.gov.au

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Last updated: 06 August 2019