Aboriginal Health Scholarship Program

The Department for Health and Wellbeing offers an Aboriginal Health Scholarship Program in partnership with Australian Rotary Health. The program aims to increase the number of professionally qualified Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people working in the South Australian health sector. The scholarship program is now in its twentieth year of operation and provides up to $5,000 per year for full time study ($2,500 for part-time study) for each recipient.

Congratulations to the graduates and new scholarship recipients of the 2018 Aboriginal Health Scholarship Program. Graduates and recipients (PDF 512 KB) were acknowledged by the Minister for Health and Wellbeing, the Honourable Stephen Wade MLC at a presentation ceremony at the Royal Adelaide Hospital on Wednesday, 2 May 2018.


Applications for the 2019 scholarships are now open until the 28 February 2019.  For more information and to apply, visit the SA Health Careers page.


Applicants must be residents of South Australia and provide a Confirmation of Aboriginality, they must also be enrolled or about to be accepted into a health related education course such as, but not limited to:

  • medicine
  • registered nursing
  • midwifery
  • dentistry
  • health promotion

Sponsoring SA Rotary Clubs provide individual mentoring support to scholars who are also obligated to meet their host Rotary Club members twice a year to share their learning experiences of their chosen health related course.

The SA Health Aboriginal Scholarship Program graduates who wish to seek employment within the SA Health portfolio are supported by the Scholarship Coordinator.

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