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 Science (Environmental Health)
degree by distance learning through the Western Sydney University (WSU).

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

The NSW Aboriginal Mental Health Worker Training Program

The NSW Aboriginal Mental Health Workforce Training Program is a mental health traineeship program 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 three year program is made up of three core elements:

  1. Workplace Training and Support by Aboriginal Clinical Leaders
  2. Undertaking a recognised University degree
  3. Undertaking mandatory Clinical Placements (and potential workplace rotations)

To learn more about the program or to make enquiries, please visit the Mental Health Workforce Initiatives page.

Other Training Programs

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

Current as at: Monday 19 July 2021
Contact page owner: Aboriginal Workforce