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Queensland Health Mental Health Scholarship Scheme

Nursing panel member required for Mental Health Scholarship Scheme

The Learning Centre is currently recruiting a self-motivated, senior and credentialed nursing clinician to become a panel member of the Queensland Mental Health Scholarship Scheme (MHSS). Participating as a panel member presents an excellent opportunity for senior officers to contribute to workforce development and recruitment and retention strategies at a state level. This participation will assist senior professionals to demonstrate they are proactively working at a high level and it will support credentialing applications. Please read the panel responsibilities and if interested complete the expression of interest Applications close 30 June 2021.

The Queensland Health Mental Health Scholarship Scheme applications are currently closed.  Applications for study in 2022 will open late October 2021.

If you wish to be contacted when applications open, please email to be added to the notification list.

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What is the Mental Health Scholarship Scheme (MHSS)?

The MHSS is made available to provide financial support to Queensland Health staff (Nursing and Allied Health stream) who work closely with people accessing mental, alcohol and other drugs (MHAOD) services, where clinicians are further developing mental health competencies through post graduate studies.

The Queensland Centre for Mental Health Learning (Learning Centre) are responsible for administering the annual state funded MHSS.

Full conditions and eligibility related to role and areas of study are outlined in the New applicants section, including Criteria to apply, Example courses or MHSS Terms and conditions.

If you are an already approved recipient, have completed your studies and wish to claim your reimbursement, go to the Current recipients section.

To find out how much funding can be awarded under the scholarship, view Value of scholarship.

New applicants

Note: The MHSS applications are currently closed, applications for 2022 will open late October 2021. Email to be included in the mailing list.


The MHSS provides financial assistance for completion of approved post graduate level university studies in mental health clinical practice that will enhance the capability of clinical staff working closely with people accessing mental health and alcohol and other drugs services.

Studies aimed at enhancing the delivery of recovery-oriented consumer focused services, increasing confidence and job satisfaction, and opportunities such as career development are prioritised.


Benefits gained from completing postgraduate studies in mental health under this scheme include:

  • the ability to improve consumer outcomes
  • advanced up-to-date skills and knowledge directly relevant to service delivery and care in mental health
  • opportunities for professional development
  • opportunities for career advancement in the diverse and dynamic area of mental health.

Use the links below to navigate:

Criteria to apply | Example courses | Terms and conditions | Timeframes | How to apply

For further information contact:

Mental Health Scholarship Scheme Coordinator
Queensland Centre for Mental Health Learning
Locked Bag 500
Archerfield QLD 4108

Criteria to apply

Eligibility criteria

Applications will be considered from clinicians who demonstrate the following eligibility criteria:

  • are permanent or temporary Queensland Health allied health and nursing clinicians currently working closely with people accessing mental health, alcohol and other drugs service
  • maintain employment status with Queenslanda Health during the period of the scholarship
  • are citizens of Australia or New Zealand* (*New Zealand citizens living in Australia under the Special Category Visa [sub class 444])
  • have permanent residency in Australia
  • are completing formal tertiary postgraduate study in advanced mental health clinical practice
  • are able to meet the university admission requirements of the proposed postgraduate course/program
  • are studying a course at an Australian university.

If an applicant's desired course/program of study or circumstances do not meet these criteria, applicants may find the following Australian Government website of interest: This website lists all options for study across Australia and can be filtered to show other scholarship and award opportunities.

Selection criteria

Scholarship recommendations are based on responses to selection criteria questions.

The Selection Panel (the Panel); consisting of senior Queensland Health staff across nursing and allied health disciplines, convene to shortlist and provide recommendations to the Executive Director, Mental Health and Specialised Services, West Moreton Health for the awarding of scholarships based on applicant responses to the criteria.

Applicants are required to demonstrate how the required criteria are met and provide clear evidence as to how their application meets all of the following:

  • the relevance of the course/program to advancing clinical skills and knowledge
  • level of qualifications and professional development history
  • geographic location and local service need
  • area of specialty
  • employment status including the length of any temporary contract and the applicants intention to continue to work closely with people accessing mental health, alcohol and other drugs services, if relevant:
    • only complete applications will be considered by the Panel
    • the course/program is linked to national and state mental health policy, priorities and standards
  • directly relevant to advanced clinical practice when working closely with people accessing mental health, alcohol and other drugs services
  • focuses on clinical skills or direct service provision e.g. not research, management, policy development or health promotion
  • focuses on addressing identified workforce priorities such as skill shortages/skill development and professional discipline competencies/standards.

Applications from staff not currently working in a specific mental health service role will be considered, provided the applicant can show genuine and sustained personal development in the areas. This may include completion of mental health clinical skills development courses offered by the Learning Centre.

Priority areas

Scholarships are awarded where applicants clearly demonstrate how the above criteria are met.

High quality written applications; work that is clearly your own personal reflection (not copied from other sources) will stand out.

The following roles/areas of study will be shown priority:

  • registered nurses undertaking courses leading to credentialing as a mental health nurse
  • allied health clinicians and registered nurses undertaking approved postgraduate studies in mental health, or sub specialties of mental health practice e.g. child and youth, multi-morbidity, older person's mental health, addiction, perinatal and infant, and forensic studies
  • courses/programs that enhance advanced mental health clinical practice in all health care professionals (allied health and registered nurses)
  • clinicians practising in rural and remote areas.

Priority will also be awarded where the application of study area into practice is clearly articulated. For example:

  • demonstrate clearly how the course or study is relevant to your clinical practice context and describe how it will contribute to consumer recovery
  • demonstrate clearly how the course or study will directly effect your clinical practice development, detailing how it will enable you to develop as a professional.

Previous scholarship recipients

First round offers for those continuing in the same course/program of study are possible, but not guaranteed.

Merit listing

Where all available scholarships have been awarded, applicants who are considered meritorious but not successful for first round offers will be placed on a reserve list. Should an awarded recipient decline their offer, fail to accept their offer by the cut off date, cease their study, or fail to meet ongoing criteria, the available scholarship will be offered to applicants on the reserve list, in order of merit.

The MHSS Coordinator may contact staff on the reserve list at any time with an offer.

Contact for further information

Mental Health Scholarship Scheme Coordinator
Queensland Centre for Mental Health Learning
Locked Bag 500 Archerfield Qld 4108

Information for current recipients to claim reimbursements

How to claim

Claims will be accepted from recipients after the completion of semesters 1, 2 and 3. This will also include any study completed in trimesters 1, 2 or 3.

Claims for each semester/trimester must be finalised within 60 days of completion of the unit/subject. Claims submitted outside of this timeframe will not be considered.

Recipients will need to complete the following, in order to claim reimbursement for study.

  1. Download, complete, print and sign the MHSS claim form (PDF 83 KB) - original signed form to be provided
  2. Obtain a receipt for fees paid from the education institution or HECS statement showing deferment – original document to be provided
  3. Provide a copy of the transcript of results
  4. Mail all three items
    To: Mental Health Scholarship Scheme Coordinator
    Queensland Centre for Mental Health Learning
    Locked Bag 500
    Archerfield Qld 4108

The Learning Centre Business Officer will contact you by email you when the documents have been received and submitted to the accounts payable department.

Reimbursement of payment at the discretion of the department may be provided for course/program costs, limited to tuition fees paid in full, including tuition fees deferred to the Higher Education Contribution Scheme (HECS).

Last updated: 6 November 2020