The Ramaciotti Regional and Remote Health Sciences Training Centre (Menzies-Ramaciotti Centre) is developing a local, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workforce in the Northern Territory (NT). The NT has a costly reliance on an interstate health workforce and limited opportunities for NT youth. The Menzies-Ramaciotti Centre supports youth into education and training pathways from school through to employment in the NT health workforce. The Centre is guided by overarching values of equity, reciprocity, self-determination, mutual support and trust.
- Study and training opportunities
- Funders and collaborators
- Student profiles
In regional and remote areas of Australia, hurdles to education can be exacerbated by distance and extreme social disadvantage. Approximately 50% of NT youth do not complete high school. Low high school completion rates result in reduced training and employment opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth who live in regional and remote communities in northern Australia.
One of the main barriers to a local health workforce in northern Australia is a lack of supported pathways into employment for youth. This gap is addressed by the Menzies-Ramaciotti Centre. The Centre focuses on delivering high-quality training in order to develop a local health workforce for rural and remote northern Australia. Students benefit from training in the latest technology, industry partnerships, dedicated trainers, mentoring programs, internships across institutions, and access to Menzies School of Health Research teams and networks.
The Centre’s governance structure includes the Management Team, Steering Committee, and a Youth Advisory Group. Non-Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander representatives are included as members of these groups; however, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander representatives are sought for the majority of positions. Youth advisors are included as representatives on the Steering Committee. This governance structure enables the Centre to grow and connect youth from across the NT to previously unimagined pathways into the health workforce.
The Menzies-Ramaciotti Centre enables regional and remote youth to overcome barriers to the health workforce by providing multiple entry and exit points to training, study and employment. Youth can enter the program via:
- High school engagement pathways
- Certificate level training
- Undergraduate training
- Postgraduate training and research
The Centre leverages existing partnerships with communities, schools, training organisations and employers in order to deliver high-quality training in health. The Centre also builds on existing programs in remote community schools.
The program is co-led by highly experienced researchers who are committed to creating opportunities for young people entering the health workforce. A dedicated project manager and student placement coordinator facilitates student placements, ensures students receive recognition for the skills they acquire, and works with the team and other Menzies personnel to ensure that students receive academic support, pastoral care and mentoring.
Students can undertake a range of educational and workplace training experiences, including laboratory techniques, data analysis, computer literacy, literature reviews, coding and bioinformatics, health promotion and allied health. Laboratory-based training includes microbiology, immunology, molecular biology, biochemistry, parasitology, genomics, metagenomics, microbiomics and transcriptomics. Students also undertake training in Good Clinical Laboratory Practice and clinical trials.
Banner image: Undergraduate peer trainers with the Administrator of the Northern Territory, Her Honour Vicki O’Halloran AO. From left to right, Raelene Collins, Erin Gargan, Vicki O’Halloran AO and Kelly McCrory
The Menzies-Ramaciotti Centre offers laboratory and non-laboratory training to the following groups:
- Work experience students: students 16 years and over seeking to undertake work experience in the field of health sciences
- Traineeships: school-leavers seeking pathways prior to, or instead of, tertiary study
- Cadetships: students currently enrolled in undergraduate study
Partners and collaborators:
- Biyamarr ma
- Indigenous Allied Health Australia (IAHA)
- IAHA National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Academy
Funders and donors:
- Associate Professor Heidi Smith-Vaughan, Menzies School of Health Research
- Dr Robyn Marsh, Menzies School of Health Research
- Dr Kalinda Griffiths, Menzies School of Health Research and the Centre for Big Data Research in Health, UNSW
- Mark Mayo, Menzies School of Health Research
Project manager and vocational placement coordinator:
- Kim Piera
- Dr Sophie Bowman-Derrick
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Associate Professor Heidi Smith-Vaughan and her Menzies team are using the 2019 biennial Ramaciotti Biomedical Research Award to establish a sustainable centre for excellence focussing on biomedical career entry and progression for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Menzies' researchers are developing a new centre to develop the biomedical workforce in the Northern Territory. Associate Professor Heidi Smith-Vaughan, Dr Robyn Marsh, Dr Kalinda Griffiths and Mark Mayo have received the biennial $1 million...
View a short film of the 2019 Ramaciotti BioMedical Research Award recipients.
The biennial Ramaciotti Biomedical Research Award, worth $1 million, has been granted to a biomedical research team at the Menzies School of Health Research, based in Darwin.
Professor Heidi Smith-Vaughan and her team at Menzies have been awarded the biennial Ramaciotti Biomedical Research Award, worth $1 million.
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Brandon is a Larrakia man with a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Biomedical Science at Charles Darwin University. He is currently undertaking his Doctorate of Medicine with Flinders University while working part-time in the Menzies laboratory.
Callum has been a member of, and chaired the Menzies-Ramaciotti Youth Advisory Group, and involved in supporting research projects looking at youth Type 2 Diabetes.
Helena is a laboratory training scholarship recipient at the Menzies-Ramaciotti Centre currently undertaking a Certificate III in Laboratory Skills and Undergraduate Certificate in Biomedical Science.
Henrique is a proud Indigenous Australian of the Yuin nation and Badu Islands who has been born and raised in Darwin.
Jayde Hopkins is a proud Gurindji and Woolwonga woman from Darwin. She is currently completing her undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences at La Trobe University.
Lucy Mayo is a young Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander woman born and raised in Darwin. She has completed a tertiary enabling program and is aiming to undertake a Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science at CDU.
Mia is a recipient of the HOT NORTH Menzies-Ramaciotti Centre Vocational Placement and is studying a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery at the University of Tasmania.
Nyasha has undertaken vocational training in laboratory sciences at Menzies School of Health Research facility. He is currently working on a project under the supervision of Dr Robyn Marsh in Chronic Suppurative otitis media (Chronic ear infection).
Porsche was born in Adelaide and moved to the Northern Territory when she was 6 months old.
Royce was born in Cairns, QLD and moved to Darwin in 2010. He completed school in 2021.
Shenea is a proud Tiwi and Burarra woman who grew up on Kunwinjku country in a community called Gunbalanya.