Take your career to the next level: Applications for 2022 Aboriginal Environmental Health Scholarships

Cleaners Codie Fuller, porter Darrin Smith and cleaner Jade Hookey were among 15 new Aboriginal staff to join the general services team at Westmead Hospital in March this year.

Environmental health conditions are a key contributor to infections, injuries and chronic disease in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Addressing these environmental health factors is key to improving health outcomes in Aboriginal communities.

In a state-wide first, NSW Health is offering an Aboriginal Environmental Health Scholarship Program, providing Aboriginal people the opportunity to complete an undergraduate degree in environmental health and potential to gain employment in the field.

Environmental health officers protect, promote and improve public health to prevent people from getting sick from their environment.

Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD) Aboriginal Health Strategy director Braiden Abala is encouraging any Aboriginal person interested to apply and said WSLHD is committed to growing a workforce that is reflective of the community that we service.

“This is a great opportunity and will be able to link on the job skills at the same time as doing theoretical learning,” Braiden said.

“Providing scholarships for Aboriginal people in the field of environmental health can make an enormous impact on the health of Aboriginal communities.

“We want to grow people’s careers in the district and this would be a great starting point to get your foot in the door.”

If you live in NSW (or within 5km of the NSW border) and are an Aboriginal person who is currently enrolled in or intending to enrol in an undergraduate environmental health degree, you are eligible to apply.

Successful scholarship recipients will receive full fees for successfully completed subjects and $500 a year for student administration fees and other costs.

Be quick – applications close Monday 11 October 2021

For more information on eligibility and how to apply, visit https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/aehscholarship