Career opportunities at NSW Health

NSW Health has a range of rewarding career options available for people interested in working in health.


If you have a genuine interest in caring for others, good communication skills, patience and a high degree of motivation you might like to consider a career in health.

There are many health pathways to choose from to get you into the health profession you have always dreamed about, be it as a dentist, a doctor, a nurse, in administration or as an allied health worker.

  • Cadetships are available in nursing, midwifery and allied health and allow you to study at university while working full-time in paid employment with NSW Health
  • A range of scholarship options are available to support you financially as you train at university to become a health professional
  • School-based opportunities like traineeships which allow you to work and study at TAFE at the same time

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Nursing and Midwifery

Few professions offer the opportunities, challenges and rewards available in nursing or midwifery.

A career in this field means that no two days are ever the same. They're exciting, and offer a range of areas in which to specialise. Better still, each day that passes presents the opportunity to develop new skills, take on further responsibilities and build your career.

Nursing and Midwifery scholarships

There are several scholarships on offer for Aboriginal people that are interested in pursuing or continuing their career in nursing & midwifery. These include:

More information on Nursing and Midwifery.

Aboriginal Nursing and Midwifery Cadetship Program

For Aboriginal people wanting to study nursing or midwifery at university or for those currently studying in these areas at university, you may like to consider applying for the NSW Aboriginal Nursing and Midwifery Cadetship Program.

The cadetship offers: a study allowance, up to 12 weeks of full-time employment in your local hospital, support from an Aboriginal mentor and on-going employment with NSW Health upon completion of the program.

For more information phone: 1800 155 325 or email: aboriginalnursing@doh.health.nsw.gov.au

Download file NSW Aboriginal Nursing and Midwifery Cadetship Program
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Allied Health

An allied health practitioner is a university trained professional who works with others in the health-care team to support a person's medical care.

Allied health includes: physiotherapy, social work, occupational therapy, speech pathology, podiatry, medical radiation and dietetics.

Find out more about Allied Health opportunities: Allied Health Careers for Aboriginal people.

Allied Health scholarships

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Aboriginal Allied Health Cadetship Program

The Ministry of Health offers cadetship positions in the NSW Aboriginal Allied Health Cadetship Program for Aboriginal people living in NSW who are studying, or intending to study, an allied health undergraduate degree.

The Program involves Aboriginal students studying full-time in an undergraduate allied health course while undertaking paid employment in a NSW Public Health facility.

For more information on the NSW Aboriginal Allied Health Cadetship Program, phone 1800 855 494 or email: cadetship@doh.health.nsw.gov.au

Career opportunities in health support roles

Non-clinical roles support the delivery of health services and are critical to the effective functioning of the NSW Health system.

Health support roles cover a range of areas including: Aboriginal Health Worker, patient support assistant, administrative worker or trade/maintenance roles.

More information on opportunities and career pathways in Health Support roles.

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Health careers for students

If you are still at school and are interested in a career in health you should talk with your Careers Advisor or Aboriginal Education Coordinator. They will be able to provide advice on the different training pathways available and provide advice on subjects you should study.

A traineeship or apprenticeship through TAFE may be an option to consider as you can study while also undertaking paid employment with NSW Health.

More information on careers in health including: school-based and post-school training opportunities, financial assistance, and training pathways.

Download file Health careers for Aboriginal students

Aboriginal Medical Workforce Recruitment Pathway

The Aboriginal Medical Workforce Recruitment Pathway is about linking Aboriginal medical graduates with support during the transition from medical school to prevocational trainee.

If you are an Aboriginal medical graduate applying for a prevocational training position in NSW, you are eligible to apply.

The program aims to support your transition from medical graduate to becoming a prevocational trainee in any one of the 15 prevocational training networks or a rural preferential hospital in NSW where you identify that you have support.

Refer to the Aboriginal Medical Workforce Procedure for information and complete the Aboriginal Medical Workforce application form that needs to be uploaded to your PTAP application with supporting documentation.

Training programs for Aboriginal people

Find out about the NSW Health training programs specifically developed for Aboriginal people.

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