Department of Health

Hundreds of scholarship opportunities open for mental health and wellbeing workers


Applications are open for up to 350 mental health and wellbeing workforce scholarships to support study in 2023.

The Victorian Government Mental Health and Wellbeing Workforce Scholarship Program offers development opportunities for workers employed in state funded mental health or alcohol and other drug (AOD) services.

Scholarships are available for mental health nurses, social workers, occupational therapists, psychologists, alcohol and other drug (AOD) practitioners and lived and living experience workers.

Scholarships support undergraduate and postgraduate level study for lived and living experience workers and postgraduate study for mental health nurses, allied health clinicians and alcohol and other drug (AOD) practitioners.

The scholarship program supports continued learning and development pathways to help build workforce skills, knowledge and capabilities. The program is a priority of Victoria’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Workforce Strategy 2021-2024, published in December last year.

The mental health and wellbeing workforce are the critical enablers of reform. We rely on their skills and expertise to provide treatment, care and support to Victorians, and to improve our reforming system.

Scholarship and career-long learning opportunities help ensure education and training meets the needs of our community and system and can best support Victorians with mental illness or psychological distress.

Workforce reforms are creating more jobs, services, education, training and career development opportunities across the state, including regional and rural Victoria. These changes aim to ensure members of the workforce are highly skilled and supported to thrive.

The Australian College of Nursing (ACN) administers the scholarship program. For more information, including eligibility requirements, visit the ACN website.External Link

Reviewed 21 September 2022

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