There are a wide range of exciting and rewarding career options available across NSW Health in both clinical and non-clinical roles. There are also a variety of training programs and scholarships that have been specifically developed to support Aboriginal people to become a part of the NSW Health workforce.

Nursing and midwifery

There are a number of scholarships on offer for Aboriginal people that are interested in pursuing or continuing their career in nursing and midwifery:

For more information visit Careers in nursing and midwifery

Allied health

An allied health practitioner is a tertiary trained professional who works with others in the health-care team to support a person's medical care. There are a wide range of allied health areas to choose from including physiotherapy, social work, occupational therapy, speech pathology, podiatry, medical radiation and dietetics.

Details about Allied Health roles are available on the Map My Allied Health Career site where you can explore career pathway options. 

You may also want to refer to the Allied health workforce pages for more information.

NSW Aboriginal Allied Health Cadetship Program

This program is for Aboriginal people living in NSW who are studying, or intending to study, an allied health undergraduate degree. The Program involves Aboriginal students studying full-time in an undergraduate allied health course while undertaking paid employment in a NSW Public Health facility.

For further information on the NSW Aboriginal Allied Health Cadetship Program, please contact

Allied health scholarships

NSW Health provides financial assistance to allied health students via the NSW Rural Allied Health Scholarships

NSW Health also provides scholarships specifically through the Australian Rotary Health for Aboriginal Medical and Allied Health Scholarships.

Other scholarship opportunities are offered through Indigenous Allied Health Australia (IAHA).

Health support roles

Many work roles in health are non-clinical roles. These roles support the delivery of health services and are critical to the effective functioning of the NSW Health system.

Career Opportunities in Health Support Roles are available across a wide range of areas and provide some great health career options including roles such as an Aboriginal Health Worker, a patient support assistant, an administrative worker or trade/maintenance roles.

Career options for school students

If you are still at school and are interested in a career in health you should talk with your Career Advisor or Aboriginal Education Coordinator about Health Careers for Aboriginal students. They will be able to provide advice on the different training pathways available and provide advice on subjects you should study.

A traineeship or apprenticeship through TAFE may be an option to consider as you can study while also undertaking paid employment with NSW Health.

Aboriginal Medical Workforce Pathway

If you are an Aboriginal medical graduate applying for a prevocational training position in NSW, you are eligible to apply for the Aboriginal Medical Workforce pathway in NSW.

The program aims to support your transition from medical graduate to becoming a prevocational trainee in any one of the fifteen prevocational training networks or a rural preferential hospital in NSW where you identify that you have support.

Visit Map My Health Career to find out more about the different medical specialties on offer.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Current as at: Friday 26 November 2021
Contact page owner: Aboriginal Workforce