Scholarships for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health professionals to attend 2018 World Hospital Congress now open

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander early career health professionals have the opportunity to be supported to attend the 42nd World Hospital Congress through a new scholarship program launched today.

The World Hospital Congress is an annual gathering of international health leaders to share ideas and experiences and learn from influencers and innovators. The Congress is returning to Australia for the first time in 20 years and will be held in Brisbane from 10–12 October 2018.

The scholarships are sponsored by AHHA, industry super fund HESTA and the Lowitja Institute. Each scholarship will include Congress registration fees and reimbursement of up to $1,750 for travel expenses associated with attending the Congress.

‘It’s a fabulous opportunity for new and emerging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health professionals to meet and network with health professionals from around the world’, said AHHA Strategic Programs Director, Dr Chris Bourke.

HESTA Partnership Engagement Executive, Neil Saxton, said: ‘We share the health and community services sector’s strong commitment to closing the health gap experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.

‘Ensuring we have career pathways and development for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health professionals is one way we can help support improved health outcomes.’

CEO of the Lowitja Institute, Romlie Mokak, said: ‘As the national institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research, we are committed to supporting First Nations health professionals. In partnering with the 2018 World Hospital Congress through this scholarship, we jointly signal the need for equitable, quality and culturally safe care for the world’s indigenous peoples.’

To apply, please visit: https://ahha.asn.au/aboriginal-and-torres-strait-islander-early-career-health-professionals-scholarship

Scholarships close: 5 pm (AEST) Sunday 24 June 2018

For more information on the World Hospital Congress, visit www.hospitalcongress2018.com.

For more information on the AHHA, visit http://ahha.asn.au.

The Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association is the national peak body for public and not-for-profit hospitals, and community and primary healthcare services.

Media enquiries:

Alison Verhoeven, Chief Executive, AHHA

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