The Australasian Institute of Digital Health (AIDH) Fellowship by Training Program (FbT) is a training pathway to AIDH Fellowship and is the first program of its kind in Australasia. It was established in 2017 in partnership between the Australasian College of Health Informatics (now part of AIDH) and the Centre for Health Informatics, Australian Institute of Health Innovation, Macquarie University under the NHMRC Centre of Excellence in Digital Health.
The FbT is designed to prepare individuals for leadership roles in the Health Informatics workforce and to address the current demands for experienced and qualified Health Informatics specialists from various disciplines.
About the program
The Fellowship by Training Program is four years full-time in duration and includes:
- A health informatics research doctoral program at an Australasian University (typically three years)
- Two paid Health Informatics 6-month work placements
- Supplementary learning.
On completion of the Fellowship by Training Program, candidates hold a PhD academic qualification, have a portfolio of work and established industry contacts, and will be awarded Fellowship by the Australasian Institute of Digital Health.
Note: the above is based on full-time, there is also a part-time equivalent.
Paid industry work experience
Students are required to complete their paid work placements with a government department or agency, non-government organisation, hospital, industry partner and or university. Work placements are six months full time (or part-time equivalent) and can be completed from the second year of your PhD subject to AIDH approval or preferably after you have submitted your PhD. Students are matched with a suitable host organisation based on their interests, skill set and experience and the benchmark salary is AUD|NZD $50,000 plus superannuation
Benefits for students
Students participating in the Fellowship by Training Program will:
- Receive a salary for each work placement (paid by the host organisation)
- Obtain industry work experience allowing them to build a portfolio of work
- Have an opportunity to develop their leadership skills
- Create a future job network
- Be awarded Fellow status by AIDH on successful completion of the program.
Benefits for organisations
Organisations that provide student work placement opportunities:
- Will have an opportunity to expand existing project teams working on health informatics initiatives
- Can create and deliver new health informatics projects based on the expertise of students
- Can develop future talent management strategies based on student performance and capability
- Will actively contribute to the development of leaders in the health informatics industry
The Fellowship by Training Program is steered by a Governance Board made up of the AIDH representatives and representatives from the Health Informatics academic community and industry.
Applicants are selected on the basis of their application, which includes:
- A research topic relevant to the field of Health Informatics
- A commitment to, and interest in, advancing the profession of health informatics through relevant work and/or academic activity
- A willingness to adhere to the AIDH Professional Code of Conduct
Where competition for Fellowship by Training Program positions exist, preference will be given to projects and placements involving Fellows of the Institute.
Applications are accepted all year, with eligible candidates being invited to attend an interview in June or November. A one-off non-refundable Application Administration Fee of AUD $250 is payable at the time of application.
To apply and for more information visit the AIDH website.
The FbT is supported by
- Centre for Health Informatics, Australian Institute of Health Innovation, Macquarie University
- NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in Digital Health