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Are you Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander and entering Year 11? Do you want to help improve the health of your community? Are you interested in a career in Allied Health? Why not apply for an Aboriginal School-Based Allied Health Traineeship to help you on your way!


WSLHD Aboriginal School-based Traineeship Program contact
Louise Maclean
Aboriginal Traineeship Coordinator
Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Education Department: WSLHD
Research & Education Network
M: 0477 378 170 or Ph: 8890 9909
E: [email protected]



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In 2021 Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD) partnered with Indigenous Allied Health Australia’s (IAHA) Aboriginal Health Academy to offer the Aboriginal School-Based Allied Health Traineeship Program from 2022.

For the first time, Aboriginal students in Western Sydney who are entering year 11, have an opportunity to undertake a Nationally accredited Certificate III in Allied Health Assistance, whilst completing their HSC.

During the final 2 years of secondary studies, Trainees rotate across several Allied Health placements and gain valuable exposure to the services NSW Health provides.

Trainees have the chance to acquire new skills, experience, and knowledge, and to become confident in the workplace.

We also match our Trainees with an Aboriginal Cultural mentor and access to a Clinical Mentor to support them throughout the Traineeship.

Trainees attend TAFE 1 evening per week and complete 100 days of on-the-job placement over the 2 years, to complement and underpin what they are learning at TAFE.

All Trainees are paid for their placement days – what a great opportunity to earn money and learn more about working in Allied Health!

How to Apply

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Have a yarn with your Career Adviser at your school about your interest in an Aboriginal School-based Allied Health Traineeship.
Submit an Expression of Interest form to register your interest – this form is provided by IAHA
IAHA will advise closing dates for Expression of Interest.




What is Allied Health?

Great question! Allied Health professionals work with others in the healthcare team to support a person's medical care. There is a wide range of allied health services available including physiotherapy, social work, speech pathology, podiatry, medical radiation, and dietetics - to find the full list of Allied Health professions or to map a health career, click here Mapmycareer.


Do I need to be currently studying at School to be eligible?

Yes, you must be enrolled in Year 11 and your school must support your attendance in our Program


Does the Traineeship count towards my ATAR?

Yes – please discuss this with your Careers Advisor, they will be able to guide you on how this works.


What are the attendance requirements for the Traineeship?

The Traineeship has 3 attendance requirements: regular school attendance, attendance at TAFE class and attendance for the work placement day. You must be committed to attending all attendance requirements.


What type of placements will I complete during the Traineeship?

Over the 2 years of the Traineeship, you will complete 2 types of placements – Work and Clinical placement. Your Work placement will be a total of 90 days and your Clinical placement will be the remaining 10 days


Can I work rotating shifts during the work placement?

No. As Trainees it is important that you are well supported during your work placements – for this reason, all work placement days are morning shifts only, for this is when appropriate staff are available to support you.


What will be my hours for placements?

Depending on where you are placed your start time may vary according to operating hours, but 8.30am is a good guide. You are required to complete a normal 8-hour day (not including 30mins for lunch).


What about Public Holidays – do I still attend my placement?

You are not to work on a Public Holiday. Should your normal designated work or clinical placement day fall on a Public Holiday, you will still be paid but you will need to make this day up later.


What are the duties of a Trainee during their work placement?

Your role is to predominantly observe and absorb the daily tasks in your work placement, to become familiar with these tasks, and to learn about the specialised area. You can practice tasks under direct supervision, and some of these tasks will help prepare you for your Clinical placement.


What is a Clinical placement?

During the Traineeship, you need to complete a total of 80 hours for Clinical placements – 1 five-day week per year. During Clinical placements you are assessed against several clinical tasks that link to your Tafe studies. Not all clinical tasks will relate to your first work placement rotation but remember you will have other work placements to practice these, and another clinical placement to complete the remaining tasks.


*How do I show that I am competent in these tasks?

TAFE will issue you with a Clinical Workbook that will list the tasks that you will be assessed on. You don’t have to complete all tasks during your first clinical placement, you will have your second clinical placement as well for this purpose – it is compulsory for you to be assessed as competent on these tasks to complete your TAFE course.


What happens when I complete my studies?

Congratulations! Throughout your Traineeship, we will work with you to identify your career aspirations and the pathways available to you. Our support doesn’t stop. If you decide to do further education IAHA can assist you and have scholarships you can apply for, and Allied Health Mentors to support you as well. You may also be able to pursue an Aboriginal Allied Health Cadetship with NSW Health – click on the link to download the flyer for more information.


Need more information?

If you have any questions or need clarification, we are happy to assist, just contact the Aboriginal Traineeship Coordinator – details are at the top of the page.


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