Continuing Professional Development Scholarships

~ Applications NOW CLOSED ~

11.50pm Perth time (AWST), Friday 24 May 2019 ~

No extensions. The online portal will close at this time and no late applications will be considered. 

Continuing Professional Development Scholarships

to attend the 2019 Oceanic Palliative Care Conference (19OPCC)

The Oceanic Palliative Care Conference 2019 (19OPCC) is focused on palliative care as a human right and ensuring underserved populations can access palliative care at the end of life. 

Palliative Care Australia (PCA)’s Continuing Professional Development Scholarships will support up to 40 people who are currently working in and are primarily focused on providing care to underserved communities within Australia, to attend the 19OPCC in Perth, 10-13 September 2019. 

For any queries, please contact PCA Events on 02 6232 0700 or

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Applicants for the scholarships would need to meet a set criteria that includes:

  • Currently be employed in a care capacity eg. registered nurse, enrolled nurse, personal carer, GP, allied health, Aboriginal Health Worker, aged care worker, hospice staff or a formal registered volunteer of an organisation AND
  • Primarily be focused on providing care to one or more of the following underserved communities within Australia:
  • o   People from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds
  • o   Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders
  • o   People who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex People (LGBTI)
  • o   People living with a disability
  • o   People living with a mental illness
  • o   Asylum seekers and refugee communities
  • o   People experiencing homelessness
  • o   People within correctional settings.


Each successful applicant will be eligible to access a scholarship of between $1,265 – $4,500 (ex GST), dependant on categories based on remoteness classification [1] to assist in ensuring equity of access across metropolitan, rural and remote locations.

Up to 40 successful recipients will receive:

  • Full Conference Registration – access to the 3-day program, conference catering and included social functions such as the Welcome Experience (Tuesday 10 September 2019) and the Gala Awards Dinner (Thursday 12 September 2019)
  • Pre-Conference Activity – access to one of the pre-conference workshops or site tours taking place on Tuesday 10 September 2019
  • Return Economy Airfares – return economy flights to Perth. PCA reserves the right to select the best airfare, airline and route to suit. This is inclusive of ground transfers from their home, nearest airport, and to/from the Perth airport. *excluding Perth-based recipients
  • Accommodation – up to five (5) nights’ accommodation in a standard room at conference identified hotel during the week of the conference. *excluding Perth-based recipients 
  • Honorarium – recipients will receive an honorarium to assist in covering meals and incidentals incurred. *excluding Perth-based recipients.
[1] The Remoteness Area Classification system was developed by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. The five Remoteness Areas (RAs) are described as:
·         RA1 – Major Cities of Australia
·         RA2 – Inner Regional Australia
·         RA3 – Outer Regional Australia
·         RA4 – Remote Australia
·         RA5 – Very Remote Australia

Search the map to find out your RA here. Enter your home address and click A

Anticipated scholarships based on Remoteness Area Classifications (RA). Examples only:

RA5 (very remote)

up to A$4,500
  • Registration & Workshop/Tour covered
  • Up to 5 nights accommodation
  • Up to $2,000 for travel
  • Up to $440 for meals

RA3 (other regional)

Up to $4,000
  • Registration & Workshop/Tour covered
  • Up to 5 nights accommodation
  • Up to $1,500 for travel
  • Up to $440 for meals

RA1 (metropolitan)

Upto $3,500
  • Registration & Workshop/Tour covered
  • Up to 5 nights accommodation
  • Up to $1,000 for travel
  • Up to $440 for meals

RA1 (Perth-based)

Upto $1,265
  • Registration & Workshop/Tour covered

How to apply

The scholarship applications open Tuesday 16 April 2019 and will close on 11.59pm Perth time on Friday 24 May 2019, during National Palliative Care Week (19-25 May 2019).

All applicants will be notified on Monday 24 June 2019.

Before you start the application on the next page, you must ensure you have the following information ready to include as part of the submission process:

  • Full contact details
  • Indicate which Remoteness Area Classification (RA) applies to you – search the map to find out your RA here.
  • Indicate how long you have been working with the nominated community 
             o   Less than 12 months / 1-3 years / 3-5 years / 5+ years
  • Maximum 150 words on how the scholarship will help to support you in providing care to your underserved communities
  • Maximum 150 words on what you, as an individual, are hoping to achieve by attending 19OPCC for your own professional development
  • Acknowledgment that you have obtained permission from your supervisor to attend the conference if you are successful
  • Provide consent (or otherwise) for your photo to be taken, if successful (*non-consent will not affect the assessment process
  • Provide consent (or otherwise) to be interviewed or write an article on your experience for PCA e-news or Palliative Matters, if successful (*non-consent will not affect the assessment process)
  • Acknowledgment that you will complete a compulsory post-event survey following the conference within the specified time frame.

Applications NOW CLOSED

11.50pm Perth time (AWST), Friday 24 May 2019

No extensions. The portal will close at this time and no later applications will be considered. 


Contact PCA Events at:

02 6232 0700 

Terms & Conditions

  • Attend pre-conference activities (10 September 2019 – a workshop or tour)
  • Attend the full conference (11-13 September 2019)
  • Take part in a group photo of scholarship winners*
  • Complete a compulsory post-event survey following the conference with the specified time frame
  • Understand all costs incurred above the maximum amount for the scholarship provided will be your own, regardless of the honorarium you receive
  • Understand that all decisions are at PCA’s discretion and are final
  • Understand that PCA will keep your information for the purpose of the scholarship process only, unless otherwise indicated, as per the PCA Privacy Policy
Assessment of applications

Applications that meet the eligibility criteria and complete all required fields will be de-identified and assessed by a panel determined by PCA.  In the instance that a successful applicant is unable to accept the offer, PCA reserves the right to choose another applicant based on the assessment process. All decisions by PCA are final. All applicants will be notified on Monday 24 June 2019.

If the successful applicant has already registered, purchased a workshop/tour ticket or accommodation through the conference registration portal, these payments will be reimbursed.

Withdrawal and cancellation

PCA has the right to withdraw and recover funds of the scholarship at any stage if incorrect, false or misleading information is provided.  

The scholarship funds are not transferable to alternative participants, such as another colleague. If the successful applicant is no longer able to attend the conference, they must advise PCA immediately and return any honorarium they have received. 

Successful applicants who do not attend the full conference, take part in the scholarship activities onsite (including a group photo*, meet and greet) or complete the evaluation survey, may be asked to return their scholarship funds in part or in full.

*unless previously indicated non-consent