WSLHD Board Bursary Program

Western Sydney Local Health District

WSLHD Board Bursary Program

Call for applications

Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD) Board invites eligible individuals or individuals nominated by Tier 2 WSLHD management to apply for support under the WSLHD Board Bursary Program. Funding for this opportunity will be distributed annually. The program will provide a one off payment (to be determined) per candidate for support of their personal education for clinical or research training.

Submission of applications

Applications must be submitted to the Office of the Chief Executive using the WSLHD Bursary Application Guidelines and Form and include any supporting evidence.

Applications should be submitted via email to by 5:00pm 17 August 2018.

Indicative program timeline

Bursary Scholarships (2018) Date
Call for applications
July 2018
Applications close
5:00pm 17 August 2018
Announcement of successful candidates
September 2018
Funding commences  2018/19

Submission of applications

Grants are available to individuals who work within Western Sydney Local health District. Candidates who are part time WSLHD staff are eligible to apply.

NB: Candidates will be required to be employed in WSLHD for the duration of the funding.

Funding will be provided to candidates who demonstrate their goals align with the strategic priorities of WSLHD.

All applications must be endorsed by the Head of Department and the submitted proposal must be overseen by the Head of Department.


The purpose of the WSLHD Bursary Program is to develop the capability and skill of candidates within WSLHD to improve the health system, patient outcomes and/or population health and wellbeing in Western Sydney. The program will support individuals whose goals align with the WSLHD Strategic Priorities.

WSLHD strategic priorities

Healthy people
  • Promote a good start for the first five years of life
  • Overcome diabetes together by increasing prevention, screening and enhancing community and hospital management to slow the progression of diabetes in our community
  • Increase community awareness and understanding of mental health issues and breakdown stigmatisation
Exceptional people
  • Invest in our staff and support systems to attract, retain and develop people of the highest calibre; strengthen our recruitment practices and invest in optimising the performance of our people
  • Reinforce clinician leadership and invest in leadership skill development, roles and responsibilities to promote effective decision making
  • Cultivate collaborative and cohesive behaviours for working together
Integrated research, education & clinical care
  • Take an integrated whole of hospital approach to ensure care is delivered in the best way, applying best practice, for the best value
  • Clearly delineate our services, coordinating our surgical and interventional programs to improve clinical and cost outcomes
  • Reform our mental health services so that people with mental illness are supported to live well in the community and access treatment as required
Patient experience matters
  • Learn from the experiences of our patients, carers and families, with a focus on collaborating with people from our community to improve our services
  • Strengthen our care teams working collaboratively with patients, carers and families to provide holistic coordinated care
  • Help people to better understand their health and manage their care
Spending wisely
  • Accurately evaluate and assign our activities to attract appropriate funding
  • Analyse high quality data and information to maximise our use of resources, improve our operational efficiencies and reduce variations in care
  • Pursue broader opportunities to attract additional resources
Information underpins everything we do
  • In collaboration with our partners, implement our eHealth strategies and investment plans so we have the information systems and services we need
  • In collaboration with our University partners, data sciences will be a core component of healthcare planning, design and delivery
  • Build our health informatics capability by establishing clinical information leadership roles and embedding health informatics in our management training and leadership development


  • Attract high quality candidates that implement meaningful projects that benefit and align with the goals of the organisation
  • Develop the capability and skill of WSLHD staff
  • Encourage applications from medical and non-medical professionals
  • Build capacity in the Health System in areas of identified need
  • Improve efficiencies in the delivery of WSLHD services
  • Provide support to projects that transfer and scale best practice processes
  • Enhance health service capability within WSLHD

Details of funding

The WSLHD Bursary program will provide a one off payment to successful candidates once to fund their project.

Existing candidates

Candidates who have already received funding under this bursary scheme will not be eligible to reapply.

Eligibility criteria

Applications must meet all eligibility criteria

Prospective candidate

1. WSLHD employee

The Candidate must be a current employee of WSLHD.

2. Supported by Tier 2 Management

The Candidate must be supported by Tier 2 WSLHD management. The WSLHD Board panel will review the applications. The order of receipt will be determined at the discretion of the WSLHD Board.

3. Nominate a priority area for skills development

The Candidate must nominate strategic priority area or justify another high demand skill, to develop through their project.

4. Australian citizen or permanent residency status

The candidate must be an Australian citizen or a permanent resident of Australia. Candidates who are neither Australian citizens nor permanent residents will not be deemed eligible.

Selection criteria

All applications for funding that meet the eligibility criteria will be assessed against the following selection criteria*

  • Details on the qualification obtained and the discipline / field qualification relates to
Previous experience
  • Current and previous appointment(s)/position(s) during the past 5 years
Current role
  • Current role and main responsibilities
  • Main interests and expertise
  • Summary of your career
  • Achievements
  • Career development objectives
  • Aligns with strategic priorities
  • Demonstrates skills in delivering high volume outcomes against defined objectives

* The Board Panel, at its discretion, will determine the weightings for the selection criteria each year prior to assessing applications.

Curriculum vitae
  • To be included with the application

Selection process

Step 1: Initial eligibility appraisal and review against the selection criteria

Following the closing date for applications, a sub-committee of the WSLHD Board will make an appraisal as to whether or not each application has satisfied all of the eligibility criteria.

The Panel will be chaired by WSLHD Board Chair or proxy and may include invited members with expertise in the key skill priority areas. The Panel may consist of a mixture of Board members and Ex-Officio in assessing WSLHD Bursary applications.

Based on the reviewers’ assessment a recommendation will be made to the WSLHD Board for approval.

Step 2: Bursary agreements initiated

The successful candidates’ applications will be approved by the WSLHD Board before the bursary is granted. Once the letter of approval and application has been received, a one off payment will be sent to the candidate’s nominated account by EFT [or funds can be split and credited over a period of time].

Reporting requirements

Successful candidates will be required to submit a six monthly progress report to the WSLHD Board, including evidence of expenditure and how the candidate is tracking against their goal as contained on section 5 of their application.

WLSHD Finance will provide monthly financial reporting to WSLHD Board via the Finance Performance and Assets Committee.


The WSLHD Bursary program 2018-2019 will be evaluated against its intended purpose and objectives. This evaluation will be done in collaboration with WSLHD and the candidates. This may include face-to-face meetings. Feedback received will be used to inform the future directions of WSLHD Bursary program.

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