Rural Health Continuing Education Stream Two (RHCE2) program

$500,000 is available to support qualified health professionals working in rural and remote Australia to undertake continuing professional development.


The Rural Health Continuing Education Stream Two (RHCE2) program, funded by the Australian Government through the Department of Health and Ageing, supports qualified health professionals working in rural and remote Australia to undertake continuing professional development and inter-professional learning activities – see RHCE2 website

RHCE2 is administered for the Department of Health and Ageing by the National Rural Health Alliance. Total funds available for Round 4 project grants are approximately $500,000 (GST exclusive).

Information on the allocation of grants for Round One,Two and Three may be viewed at and information on some projects can be viewed at

In 2012, RHCE2 grants are available for eligible individuals, groups of individuals and organisations to access or to develop and/or provide continuing professional development (CPD), continuing professional education (CPE), multi-disciplinary training or inter-professional learning (IPL) and orientation activities that meet the needs of allied health professionals, General Practitioners, nurses and midwives, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers practising in rural and remote areas of Australia.


The RHCE2 program aims to:

  • support cost-effective and accessible approaches to training, encourage increased collaboration between stakeholders, foster inter-professional team-based training and joint continuing development projects, to better enable them to provide health care services as members of multidisciplinary teams and as individual practitioners; and support their retention in these areas.
  • NRHA is aiming to allocate the money and build the networks among colleges, trainers and health professionals to achieve the best possible utilisation of the RHCE2 grant funds in the interests of the health and wellbeing of people in rural and remote areas.


However, in Round 4, priority will be given to eligible applications for grants for groups of individuals and organisations that will be:

  • providing training and support for health professionals in more remote areas (RA 3-5). Applications for projects in RA2 areas and national projects will also be considered;
  • funding gaps in existing arrangements and supporting initiatives that are demonstrated by evidence-based research as needing urgent intervention;
  • providing interprofessional learning or multidisciplinary teams activities, especially projects jointly proposed by two or more professional organisations or groups of individuals;
  • delivered as far as practicable in the participants’ local areas and working environments in Australia; and
  • wherever possible, incorporating follow-up elements to improve the ongoing support for participants and sustainability of outcomes once the RHCE2 funding is finished. All RHCE2 Round 4 projects must be completed by 30 October 2013.

Multiple applications will be accepted but given the strongly competitive nature of the grants, no single entity will receive more than one grant.

Please read the Round 4 Application Guidelines carefully before applying for a grant.

Closing Date

2012-13 Rural Health Continuing Education Stream Two Grants – Round Four – NOW OPEN until 8 AUGUST 2012

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