Training Opportunities in AHT
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 (AMSs) across the state that are available for training, each presenting their own unique opportunities.
You can train in an AMS in an urban, regional or remote setting.
You can train in an AMS for just a small part or the majority of your training time, anywhere from six months to three years. You can train in an AMS setting on a full time or part time basis. Composite post opportunities are available so you can work in an AHT post and another setting simultaneously.
Type of work
The role of the GP and services provided by each AMS is different so you can choose the Aboriginal health training post which most appeals to your clinical interests, such as antenatal care, health promotion, chronic disease management and more.
When can I do an AHT placement?
You can spend time in an AMS at any stage of your training, as a:
- Registrar in your Basic, Advanced or Subsequent term
- Registrar doing an Extended Skills in Aboriginal health
- Registrar doing your Advanced Rural Skills Training in Aboriginal health.
Your choice of Pathway (general or rural) or Fellowship (Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine or Royal Australian College of General Practitioners) does not impact your ability to work in an Aboriginal health community setting.
What are the benefits of AHT?
Aboriginal health provides a wonderful learning opportunity for doctors-in-training, helping 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
- Great medicine; hands-on and stimulating variety of patient presentations
- Exposure to chronic disease management and preventative health programs
- Unique style of patent 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 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).
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.
Geraldton: Geraldton Regional Aboriginal Medical Service
Bunbury: South West Aboriginal Medical Service
East Metropolitan: Derbarl Yerrigan Health Service
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 can offer additional support and guidance to help plan your training time and make sure you get the most of your experience.
For more information about AHT please contact your Training Advisor.
- Australian General Practice Training: http://www.gpet.com.au/Aboriginal-and-Torres-Strait-Islander-health
- Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia: http://www.ahcwa.org.au/
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