Health Workforce and Scholarships

ACT Health Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workforce Action Plan 2013-2018

ACT Health's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workforce Action Plan 2013-2018 (Workforce Action Plan) was officially launched on 11 July 2013. The Workforce Action Plan is formally linked to ACT Health's Workforce Plan 2013-2018 and focuses on increasing the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples employed in ACT Health and the health sector.

ACT Health Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Workforce Support Network

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workforce Support Network (Network) provides a forum of advice and support to members of the Network, such as matters relating to the ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workforce.

ACT Public Service Employment Strategy for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

Introduction

The development of an ACT Public Service (ACTPS) Employment Strategy for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples originated from the report of the ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body Estimates-type hearings, conducted in August 2009. In that report it was recommended that the "ACT Government implement a public sector-wide Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander recruitment, retention and development strategy".

  • To ensure that the ACT Public Service assesses and reports on the progress of implementing the Strategy.

Australian Government Health Heroes

This campaign will target Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander secondary school students to encourage them to pursue a job in the health sector and make them more aware of the opportunities in health, including the range of jobs, training options, career pathways and financial and other types of support available.

The Attracting More People to Work in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health campaign is part of the Australian Government's commitment to close the gap in life expectancy between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other Australians.

Link: Australian Government Health Heroes

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workforce Strategic Framework (2011-2015)

The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workforce Strategic Framework (2011-2015) aims to achieve equitable health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples through a competent health workforce that has appropriate clinical, management, community development and cultural skills.

Scholarships

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Scholarships

This website contains a wide range of scholarships available to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

Link: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Scholarships

Enrolled Nursing Scholarships

ACT Health is offering two new Enrolled Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nursing Scholarships through the Nursing and Midwifery Office.

Nursing and Allied Health Scholarship and Support Scheme

Services for Australian Rural and Remote Allied Health (SARRAH) administers the Allied Health Streams of the Nursing and Allied Health Scholarship and Support Scheme (NAHSSS). Funding is provided by the Department of Health and Ageing (DoHA) and this national program supports health professionals and future health professionals to train and practice in geographic and clinical areas of need.The specific objectives of the NAHSSS are to:

  • Increase the workforce by encouraging young people to pursue a career in allied health;
  • Support allied health professionals to undertake continuing professional development; and
  • Encourage health careers in geographic areas and professions where there are shortages.

Link: Services for Australian Rural and Remote Allied Health

Puggy Hunter Memorial Scholarship

The Puggy Hunter Memorial Scholarship Scheme is funded by Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing. The Scheme was established in recognition of Dr Arnold ("Puggy") Hunter's significant contribution to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and his role as the inaugural Chair of the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO).

The aim of the Scheme is to help address the under-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in health professions and assist in increasing the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples with professional health qualifications.

Overview

Eligible health areas are:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers;
  • Allied health (excluding pharmacy);
  • Dentistry/oral health (excluding dental assistants);
  • Medicine;
  • Midwifery; and
  • Nursing.

Application dates

  • Applications are now closed. Notification of the application outcomes will be emailed out in mid November 2014. Late applications will not be accepted.

Click here to apply

Please contact RCNA:
e scholarships@rcna.org.au
free call 1800 688 628

Cultural Awareness Training

Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing - Do Something Real

This website celebrates the real stories of real people who are working to deliver better health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

The Attracting More People to Work in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health marketing campaign aims to increase the number of health professionals contributing to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and to encourage students to pursue a career in this area.

Link: dosomethingreal

eLearning Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Awareness Module

The eLearning Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Awareness Module is now available to all ACT Health staff as eLearning on Capabiliti. However, in accordance with the Essential Education Policy, it is an essential training requirement for clinical and clincial support staff working in the clinical environment.

The eLearning module is provided to all ACT Health staff as an introduction to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, cultures and involves a range of activities and questions for participants to complete.

Link: Capabiliti website

Engaging and Consulting with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities in the ACT

The Engagement Protocols for Working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities has been development to provide Health Directorate staff with a basic overview of culturally appropriate communication, language and behaviour to assist in building positive relationships with the ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and individuals.