Statement of Acknowledgement

We acknowledge and respect the traditional custodians on whose ancestral lands we provide dental services.

We acknowledge the deep feeling of attachment and relationship of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to Country.

We pay our respects to their Elders past and present and extend that respect to other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people attending our services.

We are committed to improving the oral health outcomes of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be aware that this website may contain images, voices and names of people who have passed away.

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Aboriginal career pathways & support programs

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Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander entry pathways & support programs

If you're a high school student interested in science and want to make a difference in people's lives, the following dental career pathways could be for you.

As an oral health professional, you will play an important role in ensuring individuals maintain good oral and overall health.

There are a range of exciting roles, from working as a dental assistant, dental hygienist or dental therapist to becoming a dentist, or even a dental specialist!

The options and opportunities are endless.

To learn more about these career options and the entry pathways and scholarships available, keep scrolling!

Career Course Alternative Entry Pathway Support Programs
Dental Assistant (DA) TAFE SA - Certificate III in Dental Assisting (12 months full time), SA Dental - DA Traineeship (12 months full time) No TAFE SA - Aboriginal Access Centre, SA Dental - DA Traineeships
Dental Hygienist TAFE SA - Advanced Diploma of Oral Health (24 months, full time or part time equivalent) Yes - direct entry after completion of Certificate III or IV in Dental Assisting for Indigenous students TAFE SA - Aboriginal Access Centre, SA Dental - DA Traineeships
Dental Technician TAFE SA - Diploma of Dental Technology (24 months full-time) No TAFE SA - Aboriginal Access Centre, SA Dental - DA Traineeships
Oral Health Therapist University of Adelaide - Bachelor of Oral Health (3 years full time) Yes - no need to sit the University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT) but need to complete pre-requisite subjects, Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) requirements and interview. University of Adelaide - Karnkanthi Indigenous Education Program
Dentist University of Adelaide - Bachelor of Dental Surgery (5 years full time) Yes - no need to sit the University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT) but need to complete pre-requisite subjects, Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) requirements and interview. University of Adelaide - Karnkanthi Indigenous Education Program

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Scholarships for indigenous students

Note - There are different eligibility criteria for each scholarship, please refer to individual websites for more details and to apply.

See below for a general overview of Indigenous-specific scholarships available to apply for.

Vocational Education

Application dates:

Start of the year and mid-year

Support type:

May be fee-free in 2024

Further information:

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Undergraduate

Application dates:

January - February each year

Support type:

$2,500 per year part-time
$5,000 per year full-time

Further information:

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Application dates:

March each year

Support type:

$5,000 per year

Further information:

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Application dates:

September - October each year

Support type:

$7,500 per year part-time
$15,000 per year full-time
For the duration of the course

Further information:

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Application dates:

June - August and December - March each year

Support type:

$3,750 mid-year
$7,500 full year
Priority for students who have relocated from regional, rural or remote locations to study in Adelaide

Further information:

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Application dates:

June - August and December - March each year

Support type:

$2,000 mid-year
$4,000 full year

Further information:

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Application dates:

July - September and April - June each year

Support type:

Case by case

Further information:

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Application dates:

December - March each year

Support type:

$6,000 per year for 6 years

Further information:

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Application dates:

February - March each year

Support type:

$3,000 per year for up to 3 years

Further information:

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Application dates:

May - August each year

Support type:

Case by case
Support for general study materials, travel, accommodation, conference, placements

Further information:

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