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Aboriginal Allied Health Network (AAHN)

Bringing together Aboriginal allied health professionals, Aboriginal assistants and technicians, Aboriginal cadets, and Aboriginal mental health trainees / clinicians from across NSW Health.

The Aboriginal Allied Health Network is a collaboration between the Health Education and Training Institute (HETI), the Ministry of Health (Workforce Planning & Talent Development Branch) and Indigenous Allied Health Australia (IAHA).

The Network runs two forums per year. The aim of the forum is to support the education, cultural and career development needs of the existing and emerging Aboriginal allied health workforce.

The forum is open to NSW Health:

As part  of the partnership agreement with IAHA, the Network also includes Aboriginal mental health trainees / clinicians.

To join the Aboriginal Allied Health Network and attend the forums, participants must meet the following eligibility criteria.

Be employed as a NSW Health:

  • Aboriginal allied health professional, assistant, technician or cadet; or
  • Aboriginal mental health trainee / clinician.
Art therapyOrthoptics                                  
AudiologyOrthotics & Prosthetics
Child Life TherapyPharmacy
Diversional TherapyPodiatry
Exercise PhysiologyPsychology
Genetic CounsellingRadiography
Music TherapySexual Assault
Nuclear Medicine TechnologySocial Work
Nutrition & DieteticsSpeech Pathology
Occupational TherapyWelfare
Radiation Therapy

To be eligible to join the Network, Aboriginal Mental Health Trainees / Clinicians must be enrolled in or graduates of the Aboriginal Mental Health Workforce Program (Djirruwang program). For example, Aboriginal mental health trainees who are in an active training pathway and Aboriginal mental health clinicians who have successfully completed the Djirruwang program and employed as clinicians within NSW Health are eligible to join.

The Network meets twice per year via a forum designed to provide culturally safe peer networking, support, information exchange, leadership and professional development.

The forums are externally facilitated by Mr Justin Noel, a Dhungutti man and principal consultant, Origin Communications Australia.

The forum agenda is set by the Network members and by the Aboriginal Allied Health Network Steering Committee. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to selfcare, leadership, intergenerational trauma, racism and lateral violence, social and emotional wellbeing.

The next forum will be held on 19 October 2022, 9am - 3:30pm in Sydney (location TBC). Forum details will be shared with the network members closer to the date.


Daniella Pfeiffer

Senior Program Officer - Allied Health

Professional Practice and Interprofessional Collaboration, HETI