High School to Deadly Careers Program

Opportunity for IAHA Student Members and Early Career Graduates

The IAHA High School to Deadly Careers Program (HS2DC) is co-designed with members and communities. It aims to provide a culturally safe and responsive rural or remote experience for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health students undertaking their tertiary degree, early career postgraduate studies, or VET qualifications.

HS2DC is based on two-way learning system whereby the high school students, and student members can share experiences and advice surrounding goal setting, career aspirations and pathways. As a participant, you will promote and showcase allied health pathways based on interactive and informative high school visits with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students from years 7-12.

As a participant on the program,  you will be exposed to employment and career opportunities in remote and rural health, to encourage you as an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander allied health student to pursue remote and rural clinical practice through a positive and strengths-based approach to health career opportunities. This includes building your cultural knowledge and understanding of the local communities with visits to local community health services, other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations, community groups, and cultural leaders.

IAHA’s approach engages existing tertiary and VET sector health students, with an interest in working in rural and remote Australia, through a hands-on program that is enriched with immersive experiences demonstrating the many rewards of rural and remote work. This program aligns with IAHA’s strategic focus on growing and supporting an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander allied health workforce and reducing the risk of ‘culture shock’ that can undermine attraction and retention strategies. Similarly, HS2DC increases the exposure of high school students to young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander allied health, and other health role models will help stimulate interest and an awareness of available opportunities.

If successful in your application, you must complete IAHA’s Cultural Responsiveness in Action Framework  level 1 and level 2 prior to the HS2DC program you will be participating on.

For more information, please reach out to the IAHA Membership team at membership@iaha.com.au or call (02) 6285 1010.

2024 Dates

Regional South Australia: TBC

Central Australia (Alice Springs & Tennant Creek): 21st July – 28th July

Western Australia (Broome & Kununurra): 10th August – 16th August

North West QLD (Mt Isa and surrounding communities): 8th September – 14th September

Top End (Nhulunbuy): 18th November – 22nd November