Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workforce

The Australian Government funds a range of programmes to build the capacity of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workforce and increase access to culturally-safe and appropriate health care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Page last updated: 15 March 2017

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health professional organisations

The Australian Government provides funding to the following organisations to provide advice and support for the health workforce they represent and participate in the development and implementation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workforce policy, priorities and programmes. These organisations also play a leading role in broader initiatives that assist in achieving the goal of closing the life expectancy gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

Training opportunities for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workforce

The Australian Government funds scholarship programmes to:

  • encourage and assist students in health-related disciplines to complete their studies and join the health workforce; and
  • support health professionals with continuing professional development and postgraduate studies.

Health scholarships specifically for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

Other scholarships available

The 2015-16 Budget announced a new Health Workforce Scholarship Programme (HWSP).

The HWSP is on hold pending the outcome of government considerations on how to implement the 2015-16 Budget and 2016 MYEFO saves to the Health Workforce Fund. Existing arrangements with scholarship holders continue to be met.

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workforce Strategic Framework 2016-2023

The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workforce Strategic Framework (2016-2023) is a mechanism to guide national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workforce policy and planning. It focuses on prioritisation, target setting and monitoring of progress against growing and developing the capacity of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workforce.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Curriculum Framework

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Curriculum Framework supports higher education providers to implement Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander curricula across their health professional training programmes. The Framework aims to prepare graduates across health professions to provide culturally-safe health services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples through the development of cultural capabilities during their undergraduate training.

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