Building health workforce capacity in Northern Australia

Michael Johnston, Heidi Smith-Vaughan, Sophie Bowman-Derrick, Jayde Hopkins, Kelly Mccrory, Raelene Collins, Robyn Marsh, Kalinda Griffiths, Mark Mayo

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Abstract

The Menzies Ramaciotti Regional and Remote Health Sciences Training Centre (Menzies-Ramaciotti Centre) is located within the Menzies School of Health Research (Menzies) in Darwin, Northern Territory (NT). The Menzies-Ramaciotti Centre is contributing to the development of a local health workforce in the NT, including a strong biomedical workforce. The Centre facilitates health workforce career progression for regional and remote youth, with a focus on career development for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (First Nations) youth. The Centre works in collaboration with a range of industry and education partners, who also have strong workforce development goals and a commitment to serving a vital community need to build pathways into work and study with First Nations peoples. Part of the Centre’s focus entails delivery of high-quality training in biomedical sciences, including theoretical and practical skill development in microbiology, laboratory techniques, immunology, public health, data science, allied health, and health research. The Centre uses a non-linear, strengths-based approach to training with a multiplicity of entry and exit points including high school work experience placements, traineeships, vocational placements, as well as undergraduate and postgraduate placements.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)93-97
Number of pages5
JournalMicrobiology Australia
Volume43
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 6 Oct 2022

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Funding Information:
The Menzies-Ramaciotti Centre is funded by the 2019 Ramaciotti Biomedical Research Award, with additional support provided by the Barlow Impact Group, and Edwina Menzies and Ian Albrey. The Centre has also administered scholarships funded by Hot North and received funding through competitive grants from the Northern Territory Government. Acknowledgements

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© 2022 The Author(s) (or their employer(s)). Published by CSIRO Publishing on behalf of the ASM. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.

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