Department of Health

Allied Health and Alcohol and Other Drug Postgraduate Scholarship Program

Apply now for allied health and alcohol and other drug scholarships to support postgraduate study. This round of scholarships will be offered for Semester 1, 2024.

Allied health workforce, alcohol and drugs workforce
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The Department of Health is offering Allied Health and Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Postgraduate Scholarships for Semester 1, 2024.

The scholarship, worth up to $13,000, supports allied health and AOD workers to better provide integrated treatment, care and support to people living with mental health challenges and substance use.

Purpose and scope

The scholarships provide financial assistance to eligible allied health and AOD workers employed (or commencing employment) within Victorian public mental health or AOD services.

This initiative has the following primary objectives:

  • to build allied health and AOD workers’ capabilities to deliver high quality interventions that are aligned with the reforming mental health and wellbeing system and AOD sector
  • to build allied health and AOD workers skills so that their mental health and AOD practice meets the needs and preferences of consumers, families, carers and supporters who use these services
  • to support and improve retention in the allied health and AOD workforces by providing opportunities to upskill in a particular area of practice and increase their prospects for career development and progression
  • to support AOD and allied health clinicians to deliver diverse and contemporary treatment/therapies and care and support

Applicants can use the scholarship for any postgraduate qualification level (including Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma, Master or Doctorate) and courses that support the development of their mental health or AOD practice.

Scholarships are paid directly to individual recipients, not their employers, education providers or the Australian Taxation Office.

To promote a diverse workforce as envisioned by the Royal Commission into Victoria's Mental Health System and Victoria's Mental Health and Wellbeing Workforce Strategy 2021-24, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, LGBTIQA+, workers with disabilities and culturally diverse workers are strongly encouraged to apply. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants will be given additional weighting in the application process.

  1. Information session

    26 September

  2. Closing date for substantive questions

    05 to 06 October

  3. Information session

    10 October

  4. Applications close

    12 to 13 October


Reviewed 14 September 2023