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Study, Education and Research Trust Account (SERTA)

The Study, Education and Research Trust Account (SERTA) provides funding for research, education and professional development activities. Funding is available to all Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service (GCHHS) employees where the activity is applicable to the applicant’s work area and is consistent with GCHHS strategic goals.

The scheme is administered through the SERTA Committee and overseen by the SERTA Governance Committee.

Further information and questions contact GCSERTA@health.qld.gov.au

Funding Categories

Category 1: Professional Development

Conferences/Workshops/Short Courses

As part of a continuous learning healthcare System, SERTA supports staff as part of their professional development to attend conferences, workshops and short courses relevant to their discipline.

Eligible GCHHS staff are entitled to one ‘approved’ application per year to a maximum of $5,000 for applicants who are presenting at a conference and $1,000 towards registration for attendees at conferences, workshops or short courses.  

For details, refer to the Guidelines for this category.

Applications are to be submitted online by registering through SmartyGrants.

Category 2: Further and Higher Education grants

The SERTA Further and Higher Education grants program will be deferred to allow for interruptions due to COVID-19. Please continue to check this site for future updates.

Category 3: Journal Publications

Funding support for fees associated with a publication

SERTA supports funding of peer-reviewed publications, outside of HREC research applications, as a key component of the scheme to improve GCHHS profile nationally and internationally.

Eligible GCHHS staff are entitled to one ‘approved’ application per year to a maximum of $5,000.

For details, refer to the Guidelines for this category.

Applications are to be submitted online by registering through SmartyGrants


Last updated 01 Jun 2020