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Boosting Health Services: Aboriginal Health Practitioner Scholarships Now Open

The Territory Labor Government is boosting health services with applications now open for Aboriginal Health Practitioner Scholarships.

Aboriginal Health Practitioners play a crucial role as cultural brokers and agents of change ensuring comprehensive primary health care is provided and culturally appropriate health care is delivered through prevention, early detection and early intervention.

The scheme aims to build the capacity and capability of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Health Practitioner profession and workforce.

There are four scholarships available, providing students with $5000 per year over two years of study for the Certificate IV Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care (Practice).

The Scholarship provides financial support to students studying the Cert IV Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care (Practice).

Applications close 11 March 2019, for more information and eligibility requirements, visit

Quotes from the Minister for Health, Natasha Fyles:

“Territorians want high-quality health services and Aboriginal Health Practitioners are so important to delivering that.

“We know the difference Aboriginal Health Practitioners have made across the Territory in improving the health of individuals and communities. We need more Aboriginal Territorians to train in this area and these scholarships will support people in achieving that.

“Through the employment and efforts of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as Health Practitioners, Top End Health Services and Central Australia Health Services can better meet the needs of patients and improve their overall patient experience in the Territory.”

Media Contact: Ellie Clancy 0436 646 689