High School to Health Careers Program

The IAHA High School to Health Careers Program (the Program) is co-designed with members and communities and is aimed at providing a culturally safe and responsive rural or remote experience in the Northern Territory for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health students undertaking their tertiary degree, early career postgraduate studies or their VET qualifications. The Program provides a positive and strengths-based approach to health career opportunities in rural or remote Australia with a learning experiences based on interactive and informative high school visits with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students from years 7-12. Tertiary students take high school students through interactive stations with activities that inspire, educate and showcase different and diverse health careers that link to local workforce needs.

The Program learning experience also includes building cultural knowledge and understating of local communities with visits to local community health services, other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations, community groups, and cultural leaders.

This Program is led by IAHA in partnership and collaboration with key stakeholders (locally and nationally) to ensure that the project is underpinned by culturally safe and responsive ways of working and engaging with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander high school students in the Northern Territory.

IAHA’s approach will better engage existing tertiary and VET sector heath students with an interest in working in the Northern Territory with hands on experience that is supported with a more immersive experience including the rewards of rural and remote work, as reduce the risk of ‘culture shock’ that can undermine attraction and retention strategies. Similarly, by increasing exposure of high school students to young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander allied and other health role models will help to stimulate interest and an awareness of opportunities that are available to them.

To see our Health Students in action watch the video below: