NSW Health offers a range of training programs specifically developed to support the career development of its Aboriginal staff. Details of some of these training programs are outlined below:

Aboriginal Population Health Training Initiative (APHTI)

APHTI is funded by the NSW Government as part of its commitment to the National Partnership Agreement on Closing the Gap in Indigenous Health.

Traineeships for APHTI are available for suitable Aboriginal candidates who have a tertiary qualification that meets the requirements for enrolment in a Master of Public Health. Trainees are recruited by NSW Health organisations and undertake 3 years of full-time population health work while undertaking part time study. The trainees and hosting NSW Health organisations are provided with support by the NSW Ministry of Health.

The NSW Ministry of Health has funding to support traineeship positions in NSW.

Visit Aboriginal Population Health Training Initiative (APHTI) for more information

Paramedic: Ambulance Service of NSW

A designated pathway is available for Australian Aboriginal people to apply for employment as a Trainee Paramedic, Qualified Paramedic, Trainee Patient Transport Officer or Trainee Control Centre Officer.

For more information, Australian Aboriginal job applicants are encouraged to contact the Aboriginal Employment Coordinator, Callista Bryan on (02) 9320 7644 or visit the Ambulance Service of NSW to find out more.

Aboriginal Environmental Health Officer Training Program

The NSW Health Aboriginal Environmental Health Officer Training Program was developed to build an Aboriginal workforce with the leadership and technical skills to progress environmental health issues into the future.

Trainees are employed full-time by a Public Health Unit or Local Government Council as a Trainee Environmental Health Officer (EHO) in urban, rural and remote NSW. At the same time, they undertake a six year, Bachelor of Natural Science (Environmental and Health) degree by distance learning through the University of Western Sydney (UWS).

More information is available on the Aboriginal Environmental Health Officer Training Program.

The NSW Ministry of Health Aboriginal Policy Pathway Program

The Aboriginal Policy Pathway Program has been established to support the career pathway of Aboriginal health workers into the Ministry, in a policy analyst role.

Participants in the program are employed in the Centre for Population Health in the Ministry of Health for two years. They complete a formal program of study and are supported in their policy work through a combination of formal and informal mentoring.

For more information please email Victor Tawil, Centre for Population Health.

The NSW Aboriginal Mental Health Worker Training Program

The NSW Aboriginal Mental Health Worker Training Program is a mental health traineeship program for Aboriginal people. It is an important workforce development strategy that aims to employ and train Aboriginal people as mental health professionals in NSW Local Health District (LHD) mental health services to further enhance the Aboriginal mental health workforce to support the needs of Aboriginal communities across New South Wales.

The program is made up of three elements:

  1. Workplace Training and Support
  2. Undertaking a recognised University degree - which has been agreed as the BHSc (MH) through the Djirruwang Program, CSU
  3. Undertaking mandatory Clinical Placements (and potential workplace rotations)

To enquire about the program, please contact: Tom Brideson, State-wide Coordinator, Aboriginal Mental Health Workforce Program on (02) 6369 8891 or the Senior Policy Officer on (02) 9391 9728.

Aboriginal Clinical Leadership Program

The NSW Aboriginal Mental Health Clinical Leadership Program is an essential part to the continuity and support of the NSW Aboriginal Mental Health Worker Training Program, among other responsibilities within Local Health Districts.

Please visit Aboriginal Mental Health Workforce Program for more information or to enquire about the program, please contact: Tom Brideson, State-wide Coordinator, Aboriginal Mental Health Workforce Program on (02) 6369 8891 or the Senior Policy Officer on (02) 9391 9728.

Other Training Programs

There are a range of other NSW Health training programs to assist you to achieve a successful career in health.

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Page Updated: Thursday 14 January 2016
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