Department of Health

Mental Health and Wellbeing Workforce Scholarship Program

The Victorian Government is offering scholarships for mental health workers employed in Victorian public mental health and wellbeing, or alcohol and other drug services.

The Mental Health and Wellbeing Workforce Scholarship program offers development opportunities for:

  • mental health nurses
  • allied health professionals (including social workers, occupation therapists, psychologists and other allied health disciplines)
  • alcohol and other drug (AOD) practitioners
  • lived and living experience workers.

These scholarships help support workforce retention and contribute to building mental health and AOD workforces that deliver high quality treatment, care and support for consumers and their families, carers and supporters.

The scholarships also support continued learning and development to help build skills, knowledge, capabilities and career satisfaction.

Applications for Semester 1, 2024 are now closed.


Included in the program are the following Mental Health Nurse Scholarship programs and grants (please note they are closed):

  • Psychiatric State Enrolled Nursing Grants
  • Allied Health and Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Postgraduate Scholarship program
  • Lived and Living Experience Workforce University Scholarship program
  • Full Course Fee Postgraduate Mental Health Nurse Scholarship program
  • $3000 Postgraduate Mental Health Nurse Scholarship Program.

Scholarships support undergraduate and postgraduate study for lived and living experience workers and postgraduate study for mental health nurses, allied health professionals and AOD practitioners.

How to apply

The Australian College of Nursing (ACN) administers the scholarship program.

For more information, including eligibility requirements and to apply, visit the ACN websiteExternal Link .

Mental health reform

The Mental Health and Wellbeing Workforce Scholarship Program is a priority of Victoria’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Workforce Strategy 2021-2024.

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.

Mental health sector reforms are creating more jobs, services, education, training and career development opportunities across the state, including regional and rural Victoria.

Reviewed 02 February 2024


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