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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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
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 6 Oct 2022


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