Jobs and scholarships supporting the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workforce
There are many opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to work in the health sector. The Australian Government helps First Nations students complete their studies and join the health workforce. It also provides financial support for further studies to those already working.
Jobs in health
Whether you like working behind the scenes or love face-to-face contact with the public, there’s a job to suit you.
If you are interested in a job in medicine, nursing, midwifery, allied health or Indigenous health, these organisations can help you:
- Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association (AIDA)
- Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives (CATSINaM)
- Indigenous Allied Health Australia
- National Association of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers and Practitioners (NAATSIHWP).
It’s never too late for a health career change
Experienced people who understand Indigenous cultures and communities are always in demand. Past work experience can count towards your qualifications. This can make training much quicker and easier.
Find out more about a career in health by:
- searching for health sector jobs on HealthInfoNet and JobSearch
- learning about education and training pathways for various health careers.
Training to work in health
You can take several training pathways to work in health:
- Completing an apprenticeship or traineeship. Apprenticeships let you gain a recognised qualification while earning an income.
- Taking Vocational and Education Training (VET). This mixes classroom teaching through TAFEs and Registered Training Organisations with practical on-the-job training.
- Studying at university. You can study for a specific occupation such as doctor, nurse or physiotherapist. Or you can take a more general course, such as a science degree.
Scholarships for health studies
The Australian Government helps fund scholarship programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to:
- encourage and assist students to start studying, complete their studies and join the health workforce
- support health professionals with continuing professional development and postgraduate studies.
HealthInfoNet lists available scholarships.
We fund, or contribute funding to, the following scholarship schemes.
Scholarships for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
Puggy Hunter Memorial Scholarship Scheme
The Puggy Hunter Memorial Scholarship Scheme celebrates Dr Arnold ('Puggy') Hunter's contribution to Indigenous health. It provides financial assistance to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander undergraduate students studying health-related disciplines at a university or TAFE, or with a registered training organisation. The Australian College of Nursing manages the scheme.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Pharmacy Scholarship Scheme
The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Pharmacy Scholarship Scheme is for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students studying pharmacy.
Australian Rotary Health Indigenous Health Scholarships
The Australian Rotary Health Indigenous Health Scholarships help students with their day-to-day expenses and provide mentoring support while they undertake a course in health-related professions.
The Rotary scholarships are funded by:
- Australian Rotary Health
- Rotary clubs
- some state and territory governments
- the Australian Government.
Scholarships for rural health workforce
Australian Rotary Health Rural Medical Scholarships
The Australian Rotary Health Rural Medical Scholarships support medical students to complete a year at a Rural Clinical School. The aim is to encourage students to practice medicine in rural Australia.
Australian Rotary Health Rural Nursing Scholarships
The Australian Rotary Health Rural Nursing Scholarships support nursing students to complete their major clinical placement and graduating year in a rural or remote area. The aim is to encourage students to pursue a nursing career in rural Australia.
Health Workforce Scholarship Program
The Health Workforce Scholarship Program supports the cost of completing primary health care postgraduate and short courses for professionals working in specific settings. The program:
- aims to increase access to health services in regional, rural and remote areas of Australia
- provides scholarships and bursaries to existing health professionals committed to rural service
- provides funding to attend accredited industry conferences and vocational education and training courses.
The program is open to those providing primary health care in:
- the Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services sector
- non-government organisations
- private practice.
Rural and Regional Enterprise Scholarships Program
The Rural and Regional Enterprise Scholarships Program assists rural and regional students with the cost of studying in any discipline.
Indigenous health workforce contact
Contact us with questions about our work to support the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workforce.