Aboriginal Health

Gain skills and experience by working in Aboriginal Medical Services across the State.

Aboriginal Health

Aboriginal Health Training (AHT) offers a unique experience of community medicine. Spend your time working with a passionate team to provide holistic, culturally-appropriate, preventative health care and chronic disease management to the local Aboriginal community. WAGPET has many opportunities for you to spend time in an Aboriginal health setting as part of your training.   

What are the benefits of AHT?

Aboriginal Health Training provides you a wonderful learning opportunity, further assisting you to become a clinically and culturally-competent doctor. Some of the many benefits include:

  • working with a passionate and supportive multidisciplinary team dedicated to holistic community care
  • medicine which is hands-on and stimulating with a variety of patient presentations
  • exposure to chronic disease management and preventative health programs
  • a unique style of patient consultations with a mixture of booked and walk-in appointments, means you can take your time with patients
  • comprehensive support and education available including a high level of supervision, additional exam preparation sessions and cultural mentoring
  • generous salary, employee benefits and flexible work hours
  • building close links to the local community, developing life-long connections
  • making a difference to the lives of Aboriginal people – it sounds cliché but you really can! (just read the stories of those registrars and PGPPP doctors who already have)
  • opportunity to develop an understanding and skill set that will help you treat Aboriginal patients during the rest of your career where you stay working at an AMS or move into main stream general practice. 

You can train at an AMS for a period of six months to three years, on either a full-time or part-time basis, and you are also able to combine post opportunities, so you can work in an AHT post and another setting simultaneously. Please note that there may be a limit to the number of semesters that you can do in Aboriginal Health. For more information on the number of semesters you can do, please refer to your College(s).

Type of work

The role of the GP and services provided by each AMS is different. You can choose an AHT post which appeals to your clinical interests. Some popular examples are antenatal care, health promotion and chronic disease management. 

Advanced Specialised Training (AST) / Advanced Rural Skills Training (AST)

The current accredited locations for both AST and ARST are:

Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Service Council

Bega Garnbirringu Health Service

If you are interested in doing an AST/ARST at a location not listed, please discuss with your WAGPET Program Training Advisor.

College Curriculum Statement/s:

Who do I contact for more information about AHT?

WAGPET is here to support your interest in experiencing Aboriginal health – no matter what type of experience you are after. We offer support and guidance to assist you with planning your training, ensuring you get the most of your experience.

For more information about AHT, please contact your Program Training Advisor.

Transferring to WAGPET

If you are a GP registrar not currently training with WAGPET and you wish to undertake six or twelve months of training in an Aboriginal Medical Service in Western Australian, you will need to apply for a temporary transfer from your Regional Training Organisation (RTO) to WAGPET. This enables your training record to be accessed by WAGPET, and your placement details to be accurately recorded as well as ensuring you receive the required education and training for the post. Please note that transfer requests cannot be guaranteed of approval. Please refer to the Transfer Policy for further information.

Where is AHT available?

There are a variety of Aboriginal Medical Services across the state with training positions available, each presenting unique opportunities.

The accredited WAGPET Aboriginal Medical Services are:

  • Bega Garnbirringu Health Service
  • Broome Regional Aboriginal Medical Service
  • Derbarl Yerrigan Health Service
  • Derby Aboriginal Medical Service
  • Geraldton Regional Aboriginal Medical Service
  • Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Service Council
  • Mawarnkarra Health Service
  • Ord Valley Aboriginal Health Service
  • South West Aboriginal Medical Service
  • Wirraka Maya Health Service