Department of Health

New scholarships boost for mental health and wellbeing workforce


The Department of Health has opened two new scholarship programs in response to recommendations from the Royal Commission into Victoria's Mental Health System.

The Victorian Postgraduate Allied Health and Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Scholarship program provides professional development for social workers, occupational therapists, psychologists and AOD practitioners working in Victoria.

It will support 50 postgraduate scholarships for social workers, occupational therapists and psychologists working in state funded mental health services.

The program also includes up to 20 postgraduate scholarships for AOD practitioners working in state funded AOD services.

The scholarship program is a key priority of Victoria’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Workforce Strategy 2021-2024. The strategy outlines the steps to grow and retain the diverse multidisciplinary workforce to support Victoria’s mental health and wellbeing needs.

New tertiary scholarships are also available for lived and living experience workers (LLEW) employed in clinical and non-clinical mental health or AOD services.

The Lived and Living Experience Workforces Tertiary Scholarship Program supports service management and leadership skill development for lived and living experience workers.

The initiative is part of a series of reforms to support continued learning and development pathways, educational and training opportunities and optional qualifications for lived and living experience workforces.

Applications for the scholarships are now open at the Australian College of NursingExternal Link .

Reviewed 06 April 2022


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