APNA Bursary Short Courses


Continuing professional development is a vital part of your career as a nurse. By doing the right education, you can enhance your skills, build your knowledge and ultimately grow your scope of practice.

APNA has created three in-depth education programs to help upskill nurses. These courses are a mix of self-guided learning, face-to-face education (including registration to the APNA Conference Roadshow) and expert support to help you along the way.

If you’re a nurse who works in rural or remote regions or work in an Aboriginal Medical Service (AMS) or an Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service (ACCHS), you may be eligible to access the 12-months of fully-funded education. 

Health Workforce Scholarship Program

The Health Workforce Scholarship Program (HWSP) provides scholarships and bursaries to help health professionals in rural and remote Australia retain and enhance their skills, capacity and scope of practice. It is available to multiple health professionals, including nurses who provide primary health care in the Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHS) sector, non-government organisations and private practice.

The HWSP is an initiative of the Australian Government Department of Health. Eligibility criteria apply and you must work in one of the following areas to be considered for any Health Workforce Scholarship or Bursery. 

  • Rural, remote and very remote: As defined as MMM 3-7 (2019) via the Department of Health’s Health Workforce Locator tool
  • An Aboriginal Medical Service (AMS): MMM 1-7
  • An Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service (ACCHS): MMM 1-7

Contact your local State or Territory Health Workforce Agency to find out more

APNA education

The following in-depth education are available for all nurses to purchase. You may be eligible to have one of the below funded via the Health Workforce Scholarship Program:

How to apply?

To find out how to apply or check your eligibility, click on your state in the boxes below.

If you have any questions, please email education@apna.asn.au or give us a call on (03) 9322 9500.

How to apply or check eligibility

If you have any questions, please email education@apna.asn.au or give us a call on (03) 9322 9500.

Select education and generate an invoice

  1. Click on the above bundles to learn more about the education provided.
  2. Click ‘Buy Now’ on the bundle that you would like to apply for – Don’t worry, you won’t need to pay anything, as once your applicaiton is assessed and processed, NSW Rural Doctors Network (NSWRDN) will provide payment if your application is approved.
  3. Click ‘Checkout’ and follow the prompts.
  4. Select ‘Invoice’ under ‘Payment Method’.
  5. Enter your name, email address and work address.
  6. Click ‘next’ and you will soon receive an invoice from APNA via email.

Apply for funding

  1. Once you have received your invoice from APNA for your education bundle, you can apply for funding from your Rural Workforce Agency. If you require travel and accommodation to attend in-person education, this can be applied for later and you will be reimbursed once you have booked your travel and accommodation.
  2. Contact Nicole at NSWRDN to discuss the program eligbility requirements:
  3. Nicole will set up the application for you to complete and submit
  4. Provide NSWRDN with the invoice provided by APNA 
  5. Once assessed and approved, advise APNA and we will arrange education commencement.

Contact your local State or Territory Health Workforce Agency for bursary and/or scholarship opportunities available to you.

Follow the below steps to select your bundle, generate an invoice, apply for funding, receive the funding, pay for the APNA Education Bundle and start your education.

If you have any questions, please email education@apna.asn.au or give us a call on (03) 9322 9500.

Select an education bundle and generate an invoice

  1. Click on the above bundles to learn more about the education provided.
  2. Click ‘Buy Now’ on the bundle that you would like to apply for – Don’t worry, you won’t need to pay anything, money is only transferred once your application has been assessed, approved and you have received the funds from your Rural Workforce Agency.
  3. Click ‘Checkout’ and follow the prompts.
  4. Select ‘Invoice’ under ‘Payment Method’.
  5. Enter your name, email address and work address.
  6. Click ‘next’ and you will soon receive an invoice from APNA via email.

Apply for funding from Health Workforce Queensland, your Rural Workforce Agency

  1. Once you have received your invoice from APNA for your education bundle, you can apply for funding from your Rural Workforce Agency. If you require travel and accommodation to attend in-person education, this can be applied for later and you will be reimbursed once you have booked your travel and accommodation.
  2. To apply for funding for your education bundle, visit the Queensland Health Workforce Scholarship Program website - https://www.healthworkforce.com.au/scholarship-program
  3. Click ‘apply now’, if you haven’t registered with your Rural Workforce Agency before, you’ll need to do this first and complete your ‘profile’ (this can take time). If you have registered before, you can login.
  4. Click ‘Start an Application’ (found in top menu) and select ‘Scholarship and Bursary Application’ (from the drop down).
  5. Read the ‘Eligibility Criteria’
  6. Answer the ‘Pre-Screening Questions’
  7. Complete your ‘Personal Information’
  8. Complete your ‘Education & Professional Information’
  9. Complete your ‘Employment Information’
  10. Add your ‘Scholarship Request Details’
    • Select ‘Bursary’
    • Select ‘Other’ and enter ‘In-depth APNA Education Bundle’
    • Enter your bundle name (Supported Transition to Practice Bundle, Health Assessment and Care Planning Education Bundle or Clinical Care Education and Resources Bundle)
    • Add ‘APNA’ as the ‘course provider’
    • Select ‘Online’ location. If you need to apply for travel and accommodation, you’ll need to do another application later can select the ‘Face to face’ option.
    • Add the APNA Education Bursary Bundles webpage URL: www.apna.asn.au/education/education-bundles
    • Add a start date, if you are doing the ‘Supported Transition to Practice Bundle’ the intake months are outlined on the webpage. For the other bundles, select a start date more than 30 days into the future to allow for time to assess your application. 
    • Add an end date, enter the date 12 months from the start date.
    • Answer the ‘Supporting Information’ questions
    • Provide the cost of the APNA Education Bundle in the ‘Course’ field, you can do a separate application later for travel and accommodation.
    • If you require upfront payment due to the cost, select 'yes'. You will need to mention why you need upfront payment. 
  11. Complete your ‘Rural History’.
  12. Review your application and then click ‘Submit’.

Provide your APNA Education Bundle invoice to Health Workforce Queensland

  1. Once your application has been assessed and been conditionally approved, this can take up to 10 business days, your Rural Workforce Agency will request relevant documentation from you.
  2. Return to the emailed invoice from APNA, you can forward this email to the Rural Workforce Agency or save it as a message or PDF and upload it to them.
  3. The agency will then review this within 30 days and then issue you a ‘Payment Agreement’
  4. You will need to read and agree to the ‘Payment Agreement’ and upload it to Rural Workforce Agency portal.

Transfer funds for your Education Bundle and provide a receipt to your Rural Workforce Agency

  1. Once your Rural Workforce Agency has credited the funds to your bank account, it’s time to pay APNA so we can enroll you in your Education Bundle.
  2. Return to the emailed invoice from APNA and click to pay the invoice.
  3. You will then be taken to APNA’s secure payment gateway where you can pay the fund via credit card or view the details on how to pay via EFT – remember to include the invoice number in the EFT reference.
  4. Once the funds are received, APNA will enroll you in your bundle and provide more information on how to start learning.
  5. You will receive a receipt emailed to you and you need to upload this to the Rural Workforce Agency portal.

Have questions?

If you encounter any issues or have questions, please email education@apna.asn.au or give us a call on (03) 9322 9500.

Contact your local State or Territory Health Workforce Agency for bursary and/or scholarship opportunities available to you.

Contact your local State or Territory Health Workforce Agency for bursary and/or scholarship opportunities available to you.

Contact your local State or Territory Health Workforce Agency for bursary and/or scholarship opportunities available to you.

Contact your local State or Territory Health Workforce Agency for bursary and/or scholarship opportunities available to you.

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