Aboriginal Health Training

Develop a real understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health in your GP training.

What are Aboriginal health training posts?

An Aboriginal health training post is a GP training position in an Aboriginal medical service.

As a registrar at one of WAGPET’s accredited Aboriginal medical services, you will have the opportunity to receive on-the-job training in general practice and deliver holistic and culturally-appropriate healthcare using a multidisciplinary team approach to ensure the best possible outcome for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

In an Aboriginal health training post, you will have access to dedicated and passionate supervisors who are committed to improving Aboriginal health and your GP learning. You will receive professional support across many disciplines, be exposed to complex presentations and receive exceptional clinical learning.

Why choose an AHT post?

There are many benefits to undertaking part of your GP training in an Aboriginal health training post including:

  • developing a real understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and an intrinsic knowledge of working with patients that make you an all-round better GP
  • being part of a team that delivers 360 degree healthcare
  • being part of connecting your patients’ home, health and community
  • understanding the tangible difference between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal healthcare

At some locations, you will have:

  • exposure to remote community-based consulting practice
  • hospital inpatient privileges, including obstetric privileges
  • preventative health programs targeting Aboriginal populations

“How could I ever forget my time as a registrar at DAHS? I felt like part of a big family, never short of a laugh from the great sense of humour of the staff there. When there is an emergency or a crisis, teamwork is outstanding and everyone puts in their best. My favourite part of the week was flying out to the remote communities of Ngallagunda, Kupungarri, and Kandiwal, where I have met some of the most capable yet humble nurses, always keen to show us the beauty of the outback. Working from the balcony of the community school and trying to improvise the settings to perform a papsmear or an Implanon insertion, flying over Mitchell falls, relaxing after work with a swim at the gorge, life was good! Excellent support from GP supervisors and a closely knitted community in Derby that makes you feel you belong! I would come back if I could.” – GP Registrar, Dr Shueh Hwuei Lim

Aboriginal Medical Services available for you to train at:

Bega Garnbirringu Health Service
Broome Regional Aboriginal Medical Service
Derby Aboriginal Health Service
Geraldton Regional Aboriginal Medical Service
Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Service
Mawarnkarra Health Service Aboriginal Corporation
Ord Valley Aboriginal Health Service
South West Aboriginal Medical Service
Wirraka Maya Health Service

Click here to get access to our Aboriginal health training resources.

Cultural Awareness Courses

ICAT Online
Marr Mooditj Cultural Awareness

Want to know more about GP training at an Aboriginal medical service? Contact Aboriginal Health Manager Jodie Ferguson at Jodie.ferguson@wagpet.com.au or on 08 9473 8200.