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We create career pathways and provide traineeship opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who wish to pursue a career in healthcare.

We empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees to develop and progress in their careers at NSLHD, supporting the NSW Premier’s Priority to increase the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in leadership roles in the NSW public sector by 2025.

We provide access to culturally appropriate healing and support programs, maximising wellbeing for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

In conjunction with the NSLHD Aboriginal Health and Torres Strait Islander Plan 2017-2022 we will develop and implement an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Workforce Strategy to further accelerate our efforts to maximise employment opportunities for our first nation’s people.​​

We offer all our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees, and their allies, an opportunity to join NSLHD’s Muru Dali Gili Gili Employee Network which provides connection, social events, peer support, mentoring and a celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture. The network also maximises job opportunities and career progression for Aboriginal and Torres Strait ​Islander people.​​​

To view the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging Strategy 2023-2027, please click here​.

 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment

​NSLHD welcomes Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to apply for positions within our many hospitals and community services.

The purpose of the NSLHD Aboriginal workforce strategy is to improve NSLHD attraction and retention of Indigenous employees through leadership, effective recruitment, career development and the engendering of cultural respect. A concerted effort not only to attract Indigenous employees but retain and grow Indigenous employees is critical to the success of the strategy.

 Applying for a position 

​Aboriginal specific positions (ie. those positions identified in the criteria of the position description as requiring an Aboriginal person only to fill the role) are advertised in Aboriginal papers such as Koori Mail. Positions are also advertised in local papers and professional magazines.

The Aboriginal workforce officer will liaise with Aboriginal community employment agencies to put forward suitable candidates for positions that have been advertised.
All Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are encouraged to apply for positions for which their qualifications, skills and abilities match the criteria listed on the position description.

Assistance is available with job applications and preparing for interviews through the NSLHD Aboriginal workforce officer who can be contacted on (02) 9887 5429.
Once employed within NSLHD there are many opportunities for career development and advancement and these can be discussed with your manager or the Aboriginal workforce officer who will assist you with career planning.


​Further employment opportunities are conducted through cadetships to NSLHD.

Advertising and selection for Aboriginal cadetships is conducted through the NSW Health and successful cadets can select which hospital in NSLHD they will work at during their twelve week paid placement.

Further information can be obtained by contacting the Aboriginal workforce development unit at NSW Ministry of Health on (02) 9424 5745.

 Creating employment opportunities 

​NSLHD is committed to creating employment opportunities in a culturally sensitive environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. It is our aim to improve the cultural competency of our staff to assist in closing the gap in employment and health outcomes for Aboriginal people.

Mandatory Aboriginal cultural awareness training has been developed and is currently being rolled out to all employees, volunteers and contractors across our services.

 Contact us

​The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Service is based at Royal North Shore Hospital (RNSH) and works within the boundaries of the district to provide culturally sensitive and appropriate care to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

General enquiries: 02 9462 9017
Aboriginal Liaison Officer: 02 9462 9018
Bungee Bidgel: 02 9485 6200
Workforce: 02 9462 9008