School of Paediatrics and Child Health

Training opportunities at ISAC for researchers

Expression of Interest

One of ISAC's key strategies is to fill the gaps in training and capacity building in health services research, for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health professionals and researchers.

A call for expressions of interest for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander researchers who needed funding to:

  • finish certificates, diplomas or degrees
  • top-up PhD or Masters stipend/living allowances
  • go on courses or conferences
  • do on the job training
  • conduct a project/pilot/proof of concept project (seed funding)

Please contact us if you are interested or want to submit an EoI.

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ISAC is committed to helping to build the capacity and size of the Aboriginal research workforce as well as improving the training of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal researchers in health services research.

We want to develop independent researchers with excellent qualitative and quantitative research, written/oral communication and project management skills.

Our strategies are: 

  1. Improve access to existing resources
  2. Funding for training gaps
  3. Provide mentorship
  4. Research opportunities

Improve access to existing resources

We intend to do this by using existing institutional training structure, including those from:

  • Menzies School of Health Research
  • The University of Western Australia
  • James Cook University
  • Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHSs)

We are assessing the utility of peer-led networks including student circles and early career researcher networks, and are also searching for additional opportunities. Lists of available scholarships, training opportunities, conferences, funding and support are available – email Estelle Dawes for details.

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Funding for training gaps

There are two key areas:

  • Formal study activities are used to finish certificates, diplomas or degrees are available, as well as for PhD or Masters stipend/living allowance top-up.
  • Professional development funds are used for going on courses or to conferences, doing on-the-job training, supporting a project/pilot/proof of concept (seed funding) or courses that will assist Aboriginal health workers to achieve entry criteria for undergraduate and postgraduate degrees.

Funding criteria

  • Activities and/or training must support the objectives of ISAC.
  • Allocations will be equitable across all the participating States/Territories.
  • Aboriginal persons will be given preference.
  • Only in exceptional circumstances will funds be allocated to the same person twice.
  • External funding sources are needed to supplement and leverage ISAC funds. All attempts should be made to access external funds to supplement the application.

Funds are limited. All budgets will be carefully analysed. Grants will be allocated equitably according to minimum amounts required for the activity.

Email a completed Expressions of Interest (EoI) to ISAC. Administrative assistance is available from the business manager, Estelle Dawes. Please address the following:

  • How your training will enhance the key research objectives of ISAC?
  • What will be the impact of your training on your community/organisation?
  • How will your success be measured including targets and milestones?
  • What other funding sources have you approached or are planning to approach?
  • Include a detailed budget for your plans.

Also include names and contact details of two relevant professional referees.

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Provide mentorship

Recipients of training funds are offered dedicated mentors. Each "trainee" develops an individualised training pathway with their mentor.


Mentorship guidelines have been developed and mentors assist with development of learning goals, gaps, needs, timelines and leadership. Guidelines also include practical skills such as publication and grant writing and formally presenting data (both oral and written) at an acceptable standard for international peer review.

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Research opportunities

"Trainees" will be offered research opportunities within and existing ISAC projects. They will also be provided with opportunities to present in a formal but supportive environment through seminar series held at each institution and at annual “showcase” presentations hosted by ISAC.

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