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Grants, award and prizes

ANMF (Vic Branch)

ANMF (Vic Branch) is committed to assisting its members achieve nursing and midwifery excellence and offers several annual grants, awards and prizes.

ANMF (Vic Branch) members are eligible to apply for several grants, awards and prizes.

This section provides general information about the grants, awards and prizes distributed each year.

For a list of other organisations offering scholarships and grants, go to our 'Grants, awards, prizes and scholarships' article.



ANMF grants, award and prizes

ANMF (Vic Branch) course-fee grants are changing

Since 2018 the Branch has offered financial help, via course-fee grants, to members completing  post-registration or postgraduate nursing or midwifery education. In that time, we’ve given roughly $4.5 million to more than 1500 members undertaking study to advance their careers.

With an increase in government scholarships for postgraduate nurses and midwives completing studies in speciality areas, the Branch is updating the way our course-fee grants are allocated – specifically the timing in which applications must be submitted.

2024 ANMF Fee Grants frequently asked questions

About the changes

Why have application dates changed?

We’ve moved the application dates to mid-year to align with university intake. Additionally, it allows us extra time to implement our new application management software which will help us streamline the growing volume of applications we receive.

Will I still be able to apply for my semester 2 2023 studies?

Yes. As this is our transition year, you’ll be able to apply for studies undertaken in semester 2 2023, semester 1 and 2 2024. 
From 2025 onwards, members would apply for courses enrolled within that calendar year (e.g. semester 1 and 2 2025 in the 2025 round, etc).  

Why are grants now capped at $3000?

Since the grants began, ANMF has invested $4.5 million to support members in their post-graduate/registration studies, and demand is growing. To ensure equitable fairness, ANMF Branch Council has decided to cap the grants to $3000. Therefore, members will receive up to $3000 if their application is successful.

Will Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) be included in the calculations of how much fee grant will be allocated?

Yes.

About grant requirements

Can I apply for other nursing/midwifery courses that aren’t in the preferred studies list?

Yes. While preference will be given to members undertaking study in areas of demand, you can apply for other nursing/midwifery courses except for Bachelor of Nursing. Fee grants are for postgraduate or post-registration studies. 

How many times can I apply for a fee grant?

There are no limits. If you fulfil the criteria, you can apply every year even if you've received a grant for the same course.

Will government scholarships and other scholarships be taken into consideration when applying? 

Yes. You must declare other funding and provide documentation.

Why do I have to provide a confirmation letter from the employer regarding clinical placement?

Many university courses are now distance learning. ANMF believes that clinical placement and clinical mentoring/education is a mandatory component and therefore we require documentation from your employer confirming that your applicable placement and supports are in place.   

Can I apply for travel and accommodation costs associated with study?

No. 

Can I still apply if I’ve not been an ANMF (Vic Branch) member for two years?

No. However if you may be considered if you have evidence that you’ve been an interstate ANMF member or a member of an overseas ANMF equivalent (i.e a nursing/midwifery union).

Why do members of only two years get the same amount as long-standing members?

This is a final decision approved by Branch Council. 

About the application process

When will I be notified if I’m successful?

We anticipate applicants will be notified by 30 October 2024, however if this is extended, you’ll be emailed the revised date. 

When will I receive my fee grant?

Proposed payment time is mid-November 2024 after members supply their correct bank details via our secure portal. Members will be notified if this date is extended.

 

The ANMF (Vic Branch) awards $1500 to an HSR elected under the OHS Act 2004 who has demonstrated an outstanding achievement and commitment to the ANMF (Vic Branch) and to the members in their workplace, such as:

  • representing members of their designated work group, concerning health or safety matters
  • monitoring, raising, or addressing the OHS measures taken by their employer
  • enquiring into risks to the health and safety of members of the DWG or others
  • attempting to resolve health or safety issues.

The successful HSR will be selected by a panel comprising the ANMF (Vic Branch) Secretary and OHS Unit Co-ordinator, against the criteria provided. The award will be presented at the Annual Delegates Conference on Thursday 27 June and Friday 28 June 2024.

Nominations close on Friday 31 May 2024.

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples can apply for sponsorship to complete either a Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety or a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, delivered by the ANMF (Vic Branch) Education Centre.

HESTA will provide funding to cover fees for two students for courses commencing in 2021. This initiative is part of HESTA’s long-standing association with the ANMF (Vic Branch).

The sponsorships recognise the need to improve opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, to reach their full potential working in the health and community sector.

Who can apply

HESTA education sponsorships are for healthcare/personal care workers who are:

  • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
  • Wanting to complete either a BSB41419 Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety or TAE40116 Certificate IV in Training and offered through the ANMF (Vic Branch) Education Centre (RTO # 22609)
  • Meet entry requirements for the relevant course.

Sponsorship selection process

Selection will be based on the information provided in the application as determined by a selection panel. In addition to the course application information, applicants are required to complete a statement (of approximately 250 words – see below) to demonstrate commitment to applying the skills gained to benefit the health and community sector and/or for the applicant’s community.

Certificate IV in Training and Assessment enrolment statement

Provide a short statement (about 250 words) demonstrating your commitment to training in the vocational education field.  Please include any current roles, e.g. training and support within an Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander community, or anything else that you feel may strengthen your application. Apply now.

This annual $4000 ANMF (Vic Branch) Humanitarian Grant will assist overseas nurses who enter Australia as refugees to gain their registration with the NMBA (Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia).

This grant was established following a request to assist a young Sudanese refugee enrolled in a Victorian undergraduate nursing program.

Further investigation revealed a number of refugees in Australia, who were also nurses, and required assistance to practice. ANMF (Vic Branch) believes it is important to support nurses who are refugees from other countries and to assist them to continue to practice nursing in Victoria and earn a living for themselves and their families.

The $4000 ANMF Humanitarian Grant will be available each year and funds will be allocated to applicants who:

  • have a nursing qualification
  • have received or are in the process of obtaining Australian refugee status
  • undertake a pre-registration or supervised practice program in order to gain registration with the NMBA 
  • provide confirmation of acceptance in education programs and details of associated costs.

Contact ANMF (Vic Branch) Professional Officer Mark Staaf at records@anmfvic.asn.au

 

Application information

This grant is available for Masters and PhD students.

The $10,000 higher education and research grant is available to members undertaking university higher degree study at PhD or Masters level by research (this grant is not available to those undertaking a Masters by coursework).

Applications for this grant must include:

  1. detail of the research proposal
  2. the clinical significance of the research to nursing/midwifery practice.

Applicants’ proposals must already have approval by your university ethics committee and your research supervisor. Your research must also be completed within two years of the application closing date.

Applications close September 30 2023.

Contact ANMF (Vic Branch) Professional Officer Mark Staaf at records@anmfvic.asn.au

ANMF (Vic Branch) awards an annual prize to an outstanding final year nursing student from every Victorian university and TAFE.

Recipients of this prize display excellence in nursing theory and clinical practice and are nominated by their institution.

These awards are announced at the ANMF (Vic Branch) Annual General Meeting in December or at the individual university or TAFE's award presentation ceremony.

Contact the ANMF (Vic Branch) Graduate and Final Year Officer at records@anmfvic.asn.au

ANMF (Vic Branch) is strongly committed to nurses, midwives and carers attending and participating in conferences relevant to their professional practice.
These conferences may be within Victoria, interstate or international.

We ask that members read the information below prior to completing an application to ensure they meet, and are aware of, the grant guidelines.

  • Full or part-time financial members for one year are eligible to apply.
  • Preference will be given to application for monies to attend a conference related to the member’s area of clinical practice.
  • The ANMF (Vic Branch) conference grant is a contribution towards the conference attendance and in most instances will not meet the full amount requested. 
  • ANMF (Vic Branch) reserves the right to award monies outside of the application guidelines based on special circumstances that may arise from time to time.
  • Each application form sent to a member will have the guidelines attached.
  • No retrospective monies will be awarded.
  • No monies are to be granted to a member who has received assistance within the previous two years of the current application.
  • All applicants will be notified in writing regarding the Secretary’s decision.
  • There is no avenue of appeal for unsuccessful applications.
  • ANMF (Vic Branch) will keep a record of recipients.
  • Recipients are to provide a copy of conference proceedings for ANMF (Vic Branch) Library for the benefit of all members.
  • Recipients are to write a short report for possible publication in ANMJ or On The Record.

For further information contact: vstandfield@anmfvic.asn.au

How to apply: Log in with your member number and password and complete the online application form. Link below.

Application form

Every year, the ANMF (Vic Branch) awards $1500 to a Hannah Sellers Job Rep of the Year.

This award is for Job Reps in Victoria who demonstrate outstanding commitment to the ANMF and to ANMF members in their workplace.

Achievements may comprise recruitment, dispute resolution or any other exceptional initiative that improves their colleagues' wages, employment conditions or ability to provide high quality care.

The successful Job Representative will be selected by a panel comprising the ANMF (Vic Branch) President, Secretary and Assistant Secretaries. The award will be presented at the Annual Delegates Conference on Thursday 27 June and Friday 28 June 2024.

Nominations close on 31 May 2024.


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The Vi Elliott Occupational Health Nurses Trust provides an annual grant up to the value of $3000 to assist the professional and career development of a nurse or midwife employed in Victoria.

This grant is available for the recipient to use to attend conferences, seminars or workshops, or to undertake an education course or a research project in the field of health and safety.

Applicants for this grant must fall into a category below:

  1. a Victorian nurse or midwife involved in or transitioning their nursing or midwifery practice into the field of occupational health or occupational health and safety; or
  2. a Victorian nurse or midwife undertaking nursing or midwifery education in the fields of occupational health, occupational health and safety, occupational violence and aggression – prevention and/or management, safe patient handling, or fatigue management; or
  3. a Victorian education provider involved in the education of nurses in the fields of occupational health nursing, occupational health and safety.

Application dates are not open yet for 2024. For further information contact ANMF (Vic Branch) Professional Officer Mark Staaf at records@anmfvic.asn.au