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SHQ acknowledges the ‘Close the Gap’ campaign as an important step in working towards improved health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. As a group, Indigenous Australians experience widespread disadvantage and health inequality.

To achieve health equality in Australia, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be able to access:

  1. Quality health care in the location of choice
  2. A health care system which is culturally safe and which responds to health needs
  3. Healthy Housing

SHQ recognises that to achieve health equality more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are needed in the health work force. To work towards this SHQ would like to offer a  scholarship to one Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Doctor and one Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurse to participate in one of our Certificate Programs.

Details of the courses can be found here for Doctors and here for nurses. SHQ will cover the full cost of the course  for a doctor and a nurse however other costs such as travel, accommodation and meals etc. whilst on the course will need to be met by the participant.

Priority will be given to those Doctors and Nurses who identify as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and who have a strong interest in sexual and reproductive health.

If you are interested in applying for this year’s scholarship, please click the relevant link below for an application form:

ATSI Scholarship Registration for Drs

ATSI Scholarship Registration For Nurses

Applications close 30 April 2020, late applications may be considered.



SHQ offers a range of professional services including testing and treatment of STIs, contraception information and supply, unplanned pregnancy, cervical screening, STI drop-in clinics and counselling.