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Career structure

There are many opportunities at Queensland Health for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and there are many different ways to get into the health industry. Indigenous Careers at Queensland Health are varied. Jobs can be based at hospitals, primary health care centres or community controlled health services in metropolitan and rural areas. Once working for Queensland Health there are ongoing professional development and lifelong learning opportunities.

Career pathways

You can go straight to university from grade 12, or if you've had enough of study and want to work - your options are still open.

Indigenous Cadetship and Traineeships are great starting places.

 You can do some Vocational education and training (VET) courses under the VET in Schools Program while you are still at high school. TAFE qualifications are often shorter than university and you can combine classroom study with a high level of practical work. If you don't want to start while you are still at school, you can always start when you finish, or as a mature age student looking to update your skills or to learn new ones—it's never too late! Visit TAFE Queensland or call 1300 308 233.

Health careers in the bush

Health Careers in the Bush (HCB) is a statewide program that aims to increase the number of rural and remote students in Queensland choosing a career pathway in the health industry. The program provides students from all over Queensland with the opportunity to learn more about a health career through participating in workshops, expos and school visits from health professional students.

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Rural and regional opportunities

If you are interested in providing quality health care to the members of your community, your work is most likely to be part of a rural healthcare team. Working in rural outback or coastal Australia, you are likely to experience:

  • a diverse patient mix
  • clinical leadership opportunities within a multidisciplinary team
  • greater connection between health care provider and patient
  • the ability to make a measurable difference in the health outcomes of indigenous Australians.

Training and support are highly critical values for rural health professionals working in Queensland’s Hospital and Health Services. There are a number of educational and support mechanisms in place, both internally through Queensland Health and via external providers, to ensure that you feel confident and competent in your role within one of our communities.

Find out more about rural and remote training and development programs

Last updated: 12 June 2014

Health Heroes

Health Heroes is an Australian Government campaign encouraging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander secondary school students to pursue a career in the health sector.

This site provides information about the range of jobs in health, training options, career pathways, along with information about financial and other types of support available.

Financial help and scholarships

Find out about scholarships and financial help available to help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students with university or other training.