Aboriginal Graduate Program

WA Health’s Aboriginal Graduate Program is a two year (24 month) graduate employment program that offers Aboriginal university graduates a head start in developing their skills in diverse clinical and non-clinical areas, within a culturally safe and supportive workplace, all while being paid an attractive salary!

We take great pride to match a graduate’s degree and career aspirations to an assigned placement. We offer graduates diverse work placements across relevant work areas, projects and teams with access to learning and development training. 

Why should you choose the Aboriginal Graduate Program?

The Aboriginal Graduate Program is a customised training and employment development program for Aboriginal graduates to upskill, network, strengthen employability and offer peer support, while shaping the future in a rapidly changing world.

Aboriginal university graduates are offered an opportunity to unleash their full potential as one of WA Health’s future leaders. Graduates can join one of the largest Aboriginal workforces in the State in a range of health and non-health related jobs, at all levels within the metropolitan and regional areas.

Your voice, your perspective, will have real impact, not only for the Aboriginal community, but the health and lives of every Western Australian.

You will have flexibility and balance, which we believe are important in attracting a diverse workforce that reflects the Australian community we represent, while prioritising a working life balance.

We will invest in your career development, encompassing new experiences, education and skills while providing cultural wrap around support that provides cultural mentoring and coaching. You will have a lifetime and multitude of career opportunities within WA Health – belong to a community and choose your future, your way.

What does it offer?

  • Job and financial security with a two-year fixed term contract with WA Health.
  • Valuable career experience in a variety of work areas, including through workplace rotations, rurally and in the metropolitan areas.
  • Access to structured learning and development programs aimed at building your career pathway and increasing your knowledge of the public sector and the WA health system.
  • Cultural mentoring and career coaching.
  • Opportunity to build lasting relationships and networks.
  • A culturally safe and inclusive workplace.
  • Flexible working and leave arrangements to balance work, family and cultural obligations.
  • Significant support to transition to permanent employment on completion of the graduate program.

Who are we looking for?

WA Health is committed to growing its Aboriginal health workforce by employing 2023 or 2024 graduates who are from diverse fields of study including, but not limited to:

  • degrees such as law, business and commerce, finance, data and computer science, HR, management, communications, arts, education, economics, humanities, marketing, social science
  • health-related degrees in allied health and health science professions, psychology, public health, mental health, biomedical sciences, health promotion, social work and many more
  • well-rounded graduates who are innovative thinkers, self-motivated and team players
  • good communicators and show a commitment to continuous learning and developing their skills.

Am I eligible for the program?

To be considered for the graduate program, you must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
  • have successfully completed a recent tertiary qualification from a recognised university, with a completion date (not graduation ceremony date) between January 2022 and December 2024. The tertiary qualification must be a minimum of an undergraduate degree.
  • be a newly qualified graduate (undergraduate or post-graduate qualification) with no more than 12 months full-time employment experience post-graduation relevant to your qualification by the commencement of the Aboriginal Graduate Program.

Where will I be placed?

If you are a successful applicant, you will be offered a placement as a graduate officer across a range of Health Services that best align to your area of qualification, interest and location.

More information

For more advice on the Aboriginal Graduate Program, please contact the Aboriginal Health Policy Directorate, Department of Health.

Phone: 08 6376 0519
Email: Aboriginal.Health@health.wa.gov.au

Last reviewed: 13-12-2023
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