The Maternal and Child Health (MCH) scholarships program was established in 2004 as a state-wide initiative to address identified workforce shortages.  The scholarships provide financial support for registered nurses with midwifery qualifications currently working in the Victorian Health Sector to undertake the required postgraduate qualification in the field of child and family health, to enable them to practice as a MCH nurse in Victoria.

The MCH Nursing scholarship provides funding of up to $10,000 for:

  • Full-time students over one year
  • Part-time students over two years 

The number and value of scholarships offered will be determined based on the number of eligible applicants that have accepted either a full fee paying or commonwealth supported place (CSP).

The department supports this scholarship as an initiative of the Victorian Government's Early Childhood Reform Plan.


To be eligible for this scholarship you must:

  • be an Australian or New Zealand citizen, an Australian permanent resident or a permanent humanitarian visa holder
  • have accepted a place as a new student, and/or be enrolled as a continuing student at La Trobe University or RMIT University in one of the following courses for Semester 1, 2020:
    • Graduate Diploma in Child, Family and Community Nursing (La Trobe University) 
    • Graduate Diploma in Child and Family Health Nursing (RMIT University)
  • be currently registered as a Division 1 Registered Nurse (without restrictions) with Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
  • have current registration as a Midwife and a registered Division 1 nurse (without restrictions) with AHPRA

You are ineligible to apply if you have previously received a MCH Nursing Scholarship from the Department of Education and Training (DET) or Department of Health and Health Services (DHHS).

It is important that the MCH Nursing workforce reflects the composition of the Victorian community. The department strongly encourages applications from eligible people of any gender identity, age, religion, ethnicity, language, socio-economic background, sexual orientation and disability.

Priorities for scholarship recipients for 2020 will include:

  • eligible applicants from rural and remote regions.
  • applicants from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds:
    • Do you identify as being of CALD heritage?
    • Do you speak a language other than English at home?
  • applicants who identify as being of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage.
  • applicants residing in known high growth areas and/or areas with increasing demand for MCH services, and/or areas with MCH nurse shortages.
  • demonstrated financial need, such as applicants in receipt of a Government tested low income benefit or who hold a Health Care Card.

How to apply

Latrobe and RMIT Universities are administering the scholarship program for 2020, in partnership with the department.

Applications are now open, and can be accessed via:

Applications close on 20 November, 2019.