Call for Expressions of Interest
‘2010 Working with Learners’ Program
To increase health workforce capacity, the Department of Health has funds available in 2010–11 to assist Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations (ACCHOs) and Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations (ACCOs) within Victoria to host more student placements.
Workplace learning is an essential part of training for all health students. It supports the development of clinical skills, professional orientation and integrated learning. The ‘Working
with learners’ program is intended to help people working in ACCHOs/ACCOs develop their skills in helping learners learn.
Hands on clinical experience of working in an ACCHO/ACCO is one of the most effective ways of learning the cultural ways and issues of Aboriginal people within their local community. More students who can complete their placement in an ACCHO/ACCO may result in more qualified people choosing a career in Aboriginal health and well-being. The program will also build capacity within the ACCHOs/ACCOs, improve job satisfaction and assist in keeping existing staff.
Feedback from various completed projects and consultations undertaken by the department has identified that the availability of appropriate supervision is a significant barrier to clinical training capacity.
The aims of the program are to:
; provide opportunities for skills development for health and primary care staff, from
Aboriginal Health Workers, medical, nursing and allied health, within ACCHOs/ACCOs by
providing up to $10,000 per organisation in funding
; support training at all levels, from basic to advanced
; increase the number of ACCHO/ACCO primary care staff undertaking supervision training
and supervising clinical/student placements
; increase the number of students undertaking clinical placements in ACCHOs/ACCOs ; improve students’ understanding of Aboriginal Health issues and working with Aboriginal
; strengthen capacity of ACCHOs/ACCOs to accommodate student placements through
small infrastructure improvements such as computers, desks and medical equipment. Scope
As different supervision and teaching skills may be relevant at each stage of a health professional’s career, this funding will support training at differing levels of supervision competence. Options include local workshops, single accredited units or full qualification courses. The program will also consider ideas related to other methods of professional development delivery. Funds are also available to support small infrastructure improvements.
It is expected that this funding will initiate or increase the capacity of ACCHOs/ACCOs to host student placements. An application can be from more than one ACCHO in a joint training arrangement and can include mainstream partners.
Funding must be used to facilitate the completion of an identified course that will improve the health worker’s ability to teach, supervise, assess and/or develop course programs in a professional environment. The grants may be used to pay for:
; course fees
; study resources (books, e-resources)
; study leave
; accommodation and/or travel expenses
; backfill for the participating learner.
Which health clinicians are eligible to access the training?
The health clinicians undertaking supervision training must be:
; currently employed by an ACCHO/ACCO organisation for a minimum of 15 hours a week on
a regular basis
; qualified in their area of employment or clinical practice
; interested in and committed to participating in a supervision training program ; prepared and willing to undertake supervision responsibilities.
Please see Attachment 1 for examples of relevant training programs.
Expressions of interest will be assessed initially by the department in relation to how well each proposal meets the aims of the program. Following this initial assessment, shortlisted organisations will be contacted to discuss project proposals and budgets further. Endorsed proposals will then be subject to consideration and approval by the department. Submitting expressions of interest
Applications using Attachment 2 must be submitted to:
‘2010 Working with Learners’ Program
Sector Workforce Planning Unit
Department of Health
Level 16, 50 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne 3000
Phone: (03) 9096 7869
Facsimile: (03) 9096 9190
The closing date for applications is Monday 22 November 2010
Further information can be obtained by contacting Ms Davey by phone or email as above.
2010 WORKING WITH LEARNERS TRAINING PROGRAM AND
SMALL INFRASTRUCTURE GRANTS
*Name of Trainee (if
Changes to role that
training will enable:
Eg: Professional Supervision Workshop Name of Qualification
to be undertaken
Name of intended
; Multiple trainees may be included in one application. Repeat the table above for each
trainee. Maximum grant per Organisation is $10,000.
; Limited small infrastructure grants of up to $15,000 (per organisation) may be available
for organisations prepared to host clinical placements. If applicable please itemise
equipment (such as desks, computer or medical equipment) in the budget section
Please provide a statement addressing the selection criteria in 400 words or less.
Item Total Cost
TOTAL BUDGET $
Add additional rows as required.
Please indicate which financial year you anticipate you will expend the funds
2010–11 ? 2011–12 ?
Application approved by Manager/CEO
______________________ ____________________ ____________________ Name and title Signature date
Closing date for applications is Monday 22 November 2010
Please submit completed application forms via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
For assistance in completing this form or any queries please contact Ms Davey on:
(03) 9096 7869.