FAQs

NAHSSS: Allied Health Clinical Placements

 

  1. What is the ASGC-RA and why is it important?
  2. What does the scholarship pay for?
  3. Do I have to provide receipts proving how I spent the scholarship funds?
  4. Can I drive my own vehicle to the clinical placement community?
  5. How are mileage/petrol costs calculated?
  6. Is the scholarship taxed?
  7. I currently receive Centrelink payments. Will the scholarship affect these payments?
  8. What if I don't comply with the requirements of the scholarship?
  9. Can I defer my scholarship if I don't have an eligible placement in the relevant calendar year?
  10. If I defer my study, what happens to my scholarship?

 

1. What is the ASGC-RA and why is it important?

ASGC-RA stands for Australian Standard Geographic Classification – Remoteness Area. ASGC-RA (or RA for short) is the classification system used in NAHSSS: Allied Health Clinical Placement to determine the remoteness of clinical placement communities. ASGC-RA 2 to 5 communities are considered eligible for scholarship support. If you are unsure if your community is an ASGC-RA classified area 2 – 5, please click here to determine your eligibility. In determining rural or remoteness for NAHSSS: Allied Health Clinical Placement, the Australian Government acknowledges that universities within Tasmania and the Northern Territory do not provide oral health and most allied health courses. For the purpose of this scholarship program, clinical placements in the Northern Territory and Tasmania will be considered eligible regardless of the ASGC-RA classification.

2.What does the scholarship pay for?

The maximum scholarship entitlement could be changed depending on available funding for 2017 academic year. Under the current funding agreement between the Department of Health and SARRAH, funding was provided for a small number of scholarships for 2017. The scholarship entitlement per placement will be calculated on a case by case basis to award a maximum number of scholarships possible.
Scholarship recipients will receive a stipend (living allowance) of $500 per week for up to six weeks to be used for food and living expenses.
The scholarship will also contribute towards one return trip from a place of residence to the clinical placement facility and accommodation costs (for up to six weeks) at the clinical placement location.
Assistance towards these two costs are capped and may not cover the full amount. Any shortfalls in these expenses are to be paid for by the scholar. SARRAH does not disclose these capped amounts. 

3. Do I have to provide receipts proving how I spent the scholarship funds?

No. You do not have to provide receipts except where you have paid for your transport (flights/train/bus/taxi) or accommodation costs prior to being offered the scholarship and you are seeking reimbursement for these costs.

4. Can I drive my own vehicle to the clinical placement community?

Yes.  You can drive your vehicle to and from the clinical placement community at your own risk.  You must make a written request to drive your own vehicle and submit a valid driver's license.

5. How are mileage/petrol costs calculated?

Mileage/petrol costs are calculated as follows:
• by using 'Google Maps' as a guide to determine the number of kilometers traveled @ $0.70/km then
• determining the cost of the most economical method of alternate transport.
The less expensive of the two travel estimates are then paid to the scholar prior to the commencement of their placement.

6.Is the scholarship taxed?

Scholarship applicants and recipients are encouraged to seek advice from the Australian Taxation Office about any impact the awarding of a scholarship may have on their financial situation.  Depending on the scholarship and your mode of study, scholarship payments may be taxable.
Information is available from the Australian Taxation Office.

7.I currently receive Centrelink payments. Will the scholarship affect these payments?

Personal circumstances differ. Successful applicants will need to consult Centrelink about the impact of the scholarship payments on their Centrelink payments. Information is available from Centrelink.

8.What if I don't comply with the requirements of the scholarship?

Failure to comply with the requirements of the scholarship can include:
• Deliberately providing misleading and/or false information to the administrator
• Withholding information that may affect the applicant/scholar's eligibility
• Failure to provide all the necessary information and/or supporting documents to the Administrator by the date specified
• Attending a placement in a location other than what was approved by the administrator.  For example, being approved for a placement in Darwin but attending a placement in Sydney
• Attending a placement for less time than what is approved and funded by the administrator.  For example, receiving support for a six-week placement and only going for four weeks
• Failure to participate in the activities offered by the clinical placement facility
• Failure to return any forms, including the Scholar Evaluation form to the administrator.

Failure to comply with the requirements of this scholarship shall result in any or all of the following:
• Rejection of your application Conditional Offer
• Withdrawal of your Conditional Offer
• Cancellation of your scholarship.

Where scholarship payments have been made, scholars shall repay these funds.  This includes any stipends paid directly to the scholar as well as any travel and accommodation costs and any supervisor honorarium paid to any third party.

9.Can I defer my scholarship if I don't have an eligible placement in the relevant calendar year?

 No. You will need to use the scholarship funds before 31 December 2017.

10. If I defer my study, what happens to my scholarship?

Your scholarship can be deferred until the end of the relevant funding round, e.g.. 31 December 2017. You must provide written evidence from your university to confirm the details of your deferral.