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 skills 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. 
What AHT is available?

Make the experience your own! You can choose the location, duration and type of work that best suits your needs and interests. There are a variety of Aboriginal Medical Services across the state with training positions available, each presenting unique opportunities.

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. 

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  and making sure you get the most of your experience.

For more information about AHT please contact your Training Advisor.


You can train at an AMS for a period of six months to three years, on either a full time or part time basis. Composite post opportunities are available 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. You must be aware of the minimum college requirements of PRRT and GPT terms.


Most GP Registrar Advanced Skills Training in Aboriginal Health can be undertaken in an Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service (ACCHS) in rural and remote Western Australia. 

Accredited Training Locations

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 Training Advisor.

College Curriculum Statement/s

Transferring to WAGPET

If you are a GP registrar not currently training with WAGPET and you wish to undertake 6 or 12 months of training in an Aboriginal Medical Service in Western Australian, you will need to apply for a temporary transfer from your Regional Training Provider 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.

Where can I do AHT?

Training posts currently available for AHT include:

Kalgoorlie: Bega Garnbirringu Health Service

Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Service Council
Training places include Broome, Derby, Kununurra, Halls Creek and various remote clinics.

Mid West
Geraldton: Geraldton Regional Aboriginal Medical Service

South Hedland: Wirraka Maya Health Service
Roebourne: Mawarnkarra Health Service

South West
Bunbury: South West Aboriginal Medical Service

East Metropolitan: Derbarl Yerrigan Health Service