$5 Million Boost to Grow and Upskill Regional Health Workforce

Key healthcare workers in regional NSW will be given the opportunity to enter the workforce or upskill, thanks to the NSW Government’s $5 million Rural and Regional Health Career Scholarships program.

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke said this will help support people to enter a career in healthcare with extra support.

“This program isn’t only open to current workers, it’s for people entering the workforce too,” Ms Cooke said.

“These scholarships range from helping out with the cost of travel or relocation to study to reskilling our current workforce to ensure each individual is equipped to treat our community the best they can.”

Minister for Regional Health Bronnie Taylor said the program will not only attract new staff to the regions but support existing healthcare workers.

“From Bourke to Bega, I’ve heard loud and clear that our health workers want to be provided with the opportunities to advance their careers without having to leave their families, their workplace and their communities,” Mrs Taylor said.

“These scholarships are flexible to individuals needs and are available across a range of health professions including allied health, nursing and midwifery and Aboriginal healthcare.”

“This is about growing and empowering our regional health workforce and builds on the NSW Government’s $883 million regional health workforce incentive scheme, announced as part of the 2022-23 NSW Budget.”

The Rural and Regional Health Scholarships form part of Our Vision for Regional Communities and Action Plan 2023-2025, a NSW Government initiative outlining immediate priorities and long-term strategies to make regional NSW an even better place to call home. To find out more about Our Vision for Regional Communities and Action Plan 2023-2025, visit www.nsw.gov.au/ourvision

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