Environmental health conditions are a key factor in infections, injuries and chronic illnesses among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Addressing these environmental health factors is essential to improving health outcomes in Indigenous communities.
In a state-wide first, NSW Health is offering an Indigenous Environmental Health Scholarship Program, providing Indigenous people the opportunity to earn an undergraduate degree in environmental health and find employment in the domain.
Environmental health workers protect, promote and improve public health to prevent people from getting sick from their environment.
West Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD) Indigenous Health Strategy Director Braiden Abala encourages anyone interested in applying and said WSLHD is committed to developing a workforce that reflects the community we serve.
“This is a great opportunity and will be able to combine professional skills along with theoretical learning,” Braiden said.
“Providing scholarships to Indigenous people in the area of environmental health can have a huge impact on the health of Indigenous communities.
“We want to develop the careers of the people in the neighborhood and that would be a great starting point to get your foot in the door. “
If you live in New South Wales (or within 3 miles of the NSW border) and are an Indigenous person currently enrolled or intending to enroll in an undergraduate degree in environmental health, you can apply.
Successful scholarship recipients will receive the full fee for successfully completed subjects and $ 500 per year for student administration fees and other costs.