Going Rural Health Student Support Scheme 

The Going Rural Health Student Support Scheme has been developed to assist students with the associated costs of accommodation and travel when completing a clinical placement in a rural setting across Hume, Ovens, Murray, Goulburn, Ballarat and Grampians regions (see the map below for more information on the locations of these regions). This program is funded by the Australian Government Rural Health Multidisciplinary Training program.

For full terms and conditions surrounding the scheme, including eligibility criteria, please click on the following link: Bursary-Policy-2022


Am I eligible?

To receive funding you must be:

  • A permanent resident, Australian citizen,  or refugee (includes New Zealand citizens)
  • A nursing or allied health student
  • Completing at least a 2 week full time rural placement (4 weeks for EN or AHA) in our footprint
  • Travelling at least 50 km (one way) from your residential address to the placement location

What support could I receive?

The Scheme can provide:

  • Financial assistance or subsidised accommodation
  • Increased funding for longer placements 
  • Increased funding for more remote placements (based on the Modified Monash Model 2019 (MMM): see more HERE.
  • Non-permanent residents may be still be able to access student accommodation (dependent on availability and at limited locations only)
Payment information

Please note: it may take up to 15 days for your initial application to be reviewed. Eligible University of Melbourne student placements anywhere in rural Victoria will be supported.

If your application has been successful, payment will be made via bank transfer and may take up to 4 weeks to be issued after receipt of all required documentation and completion of clinical placement.

The Going Rural Health team reserves the right to not award an allowance even if a student believes they meet all the eligibility criteria.

Students must register all details with the Going Rural Health team either prior to, or within 30 days of completion of your placement.

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Students

Additional support to that outlined above is provided to First Nations students who express a need for a bespoke approach. Please contact Going Rural Health for more information.

For further information contact the Going Rural Health team via email: going-ruralhealth@unimelb.edu.au

Going Rural Health footprint


See the map below which shows the Going Rural Health footprint:

Note: The University of Melbourne students can receive funding support regardless of their placement site in Victoria. Students from all other universities can only receive funding within the Going Rural Health footprint.


For information about student accommodation options or support outside our footprint, see the information and links below:

  • For Deakin UDRH regions (from the surf coast to the South Australian border, including Warrnambool, Colac, Hamilton & Portland), contact Deakin via this link: Deakin support
  • For Monash UDRH regions (Gippsland, including East Gippsland, Loddon-Mallee regions including Mildura, Swan Hill & Bendigo), contact Monash via this link: Monash Support
  • LaTrobe Rural Health School is based in Bendigo, Albury-Wodonga, Mildura and Shepparton. For accommodation at these sites see the following links: Bendigo, Albury-Wodonga, Mildura & Shepparton
  • Rural Workforce Agency of Victoria (RWAV) has rural clinical placement grants available. See this link for details: RWAV Grants
  • contact ARHEN for regions outside Victoria – https://arhen.org.au/about-udrhs/ to see what other UDRH’s may offer you.