National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Academy in the ACT

Indigenous Allied Health Australia (IAHA) is leading the implementation of the National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Health Academy program (IAHA National Academy) in the ACT with the support of ACT Health Directorate, Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT), University of Canberra, Canberra Health Services, Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate, and the ACT Education Directorate. The IAHA program is designed to create opportunities for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander students in Year 10 considering a career in health.

The Academy is an IAHA led, holistic, supportive, and culturally safe program that aims to create opportunities for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students to consider career choices in health and wellbeing. It is an innovative, community-led model, tailoring training to ensure engagement, retention, and success for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students. 

Expressions of interest now open

Expressions of interests are open for students to commence the CIT Health Starter Pack in Term 4, 2021.  This short course aims to provide multiple pathway options for young people who are interested in the health and community sectors. It includes three (3) nationally recognised units of competence that can provide credit towards multiple qualifications, including the Certificate III in Allied Health Assistance. Following the program students will be supported to enter an Australian School-based Apprenticeship (ASbA) through the IAHA National Academy in 2022.

Important information:

  • Expressions of interest open - Wednesday 25 August 2021
  • Expressions of interest close - Monday 13 September 2021
  • Commence Health Starter Pack - Thursday 7 October 2021
    • One day per week (approx. 6 hours) for ten weeks
    • Health Starter Pack completion Friday 3 December 2021
  • Commence Australian School-based Apprenticeship in industry – Week 1, Term 1 2022 (Week of 31 January 2022)

The IAHA National Academy within the ACT receives funding support from the ACT and Australian Governments through the Future Skills for Future Jobs Grants Program, under the National Partnership on the Skilling Australians Fund.

The Academy will seek suitable health and community-based work placement opportunities to provide a culturally safe environment for students to experience and achieve competencies. IAHA welcomes interest from host employers.

If you are a student or a health or community service who may be interested in being involved, find out more information about the Academy.

IAHA Contact Details:
Jacinta Williams, ACT Project Support Officer
IAHA National Academy 
Ground Floor 9-11 ALIA House 
Napier Close, Deakin West ACT 2606 
Phone: (02) 6285 1010 

Page last updated on: 6 Sep 2021