Our work related to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workforce

A list of our initiatives, programs, campaigns, reforms or reviews related to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workforce.

This page lists programs that aim to build and support the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workforce.

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Work packages

First Nations Health Worker Traineeship Program

This program supports up to 500 First Nations students to undertake accredited training in the health sector. We fund the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) to deliver the program.

Indigenous Health Workforce Traineeships program

The Indigenous Health Workforce Traineeships program aims to create viable career pathways and increase the number of skilled Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people working in the primary health care sector.

National Medical Workforce Strategy 2021–2031

We have developed this 10-year strategy to guide long-term medical workforce planning across Australia. It will improve access to health care by supporting the right people to have the right skills, where we need them most.

Nursing and allied health scholarships

We fund a range of scholarship opportunities through the Australian College of Nursing including nursing, midwifery, aged care, undergraduate and postgraduate scholarships. Preference is given to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants.

Puggy Hunter Memorial Scholarship Scheme

The Puggy Hunter Memorial Scholarship Scheme (PHMSS) assists entry-level First Nations students to complete their studies and join the health workforce. From 1 July 2024, the scheme will transition to management by Indigenous Allied Health Australia (IAHA).
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