Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Internships - Semester 1, 2018 - Applications Open Now

Several paid Semester 1, 2018 Internship Opportunities exist for ANU students to work within AIHW on a number of key health and welfare related projects.

Please see below for additional information on each project and on how to apply for these opportunities. Note that eligibility criteria exisits.

Eligibilty Criteria:

To be eligible for this internship you must have: 

- completed 96 units of study in your Undergraduate CECS program (or 48 units if you are a Postgraduate Student);
- a current GPA of at least 5.0;
- sufficient space in your remaining program for an 6-12 unit internship (i.e. Computing or University Electives).
- Excellent spoken, listening and written communication skills;
- Be a domestic student OR have work rights in Australia (e.g. hold a student visa that entitles you to work up to 40 hours per fortnight). 

How to Apply:

1. Complete the Online Applications form

2. Forward your CV and Academic Transcript to CECS Student Services

Application Deadline:

Applications are open now and close at 11:59pm on Sunday 19th November.

About the Projects

Project 1: The Expenditure and Workforce Unit (EWU)
“Creating a concordance between Australia’s System of Heath Accounts for health expenditure (AIHW) with the Australia’s System of National Accounts for health expenditure (ABS).”   

The AIHW is responsible for compiling the System of Heath Accounts for health expenditure. This system of health accounts is used to generate the publication Health expenditure Australia and report data for Australia to the 2011 version of the OECD system of health accounts (SHA 2011).

The ABS is responsible for the creation of the National Accounts. This includes a number of measures which can be disaggregated by industry, thereby creating amongst other things a measure of health expenditure that differs from the AIHW estimate. The ABS National accounts are based upon the OECD System of National Accounts (SNA).

The aim of this project is to develop a concordance of differences between the AIHW health accounts and the health component of the ABS National Accounts.  There are a number of known differences between the OECD system of health accounts for health expenditure and the AIHW System of Health accounts. OECD have known differences between the SHA and SNA systems for health expenditure. It is assumed ABS and SNA definitions can be similarly reconciled. It is anticipated that closing the loop will enable us to better understand the differences between the ABS and AIHW estimates for health expenditure.



Project 2: The Expenditure and Workforce Unit (EWU)
“International Comparisons of Health Expenditure”.

The aim of this project is to use the data in the OECD Statistical system ( to generate a snapshot in focus or similar web product to compare the health expenditure in Australia by area and sector to other countries. The comparisons are likely to be similar to those previously included in the Health Expenditure Australia publication and include only those years for which AIHW has supplied data. We anticipate adding this product to the AIHW health expenditure web pages and/or the Australia’s Heath Reports.

More About The Expenditure and Workforce Unit (EWU):

The Expenditure and Workforce Unit (EWU) has a broad work plan including projects relating to:

·         Health expenditure

·         Health workforce

·         Disease expenditure

·         Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health expenditure

·         Welfare expenditure

·         Welfare Workforce

Our key outputs are the annual Health expenditure Australia publication and the Workforce series of outputs, including publications (historic) and web pages (more recent).

Project 3: Housing Homelessness Reporting and Development Unit

“Specialist Homelessness Services Collection Linkage Improvement”.

The aim of this project is to identify potential improvements to processes, governance and access arrangements (including legal and ethical issues), and data set design to better support linkage projects using the Specialist Homelessness Services Collection (SHSC). In particular, the project would explore feasibility and barriers associated with linking SHSC data with data collections held and managed by other organisations. We are looking for a conscientious, methodical person with an affinity for data and an interest in improving their communication and writing skills. The results from this work will improve the usefulness of these data leading to better understanding of the health and welfare outcomes of homeless service users.


Project 4: Housing Homelessness Reporting and Development Unit
“Community Housing Survey Data Tools Improvement”.

The aims of this project are to explore the strengths and limitations of tools currently used to collect and compile national Community Housing data, explore options for the improvement or replacement of the tools and make recommendations on a way forward. In particular, the project would consider the experiences of state and territory government stakeholders and Community Housing Organisations (compiled by the AIHW) and innovative Information Communication Technology opportunities. We are looking for a person who loves problem solving with an interest in data collection systems. The results from this work will ultimately lead to less burden on those providing critical welfare services and improved data quality.


Project 5: Strategic Communication and Stakeholder Engagement Unit
Strategic Communication and Stakeholder Engagement”

Engage with the daily operations of the Strategic Communication and Stakeholder Engagement team including but not limited to:

·         Media – writing and distributing media releases, developing talking points for AIHW spokespeople

·         Digital media – writing and posting on the AIHW’s social media platforms and developing products (eg. videos, podcasts, infographics) for distribution through these channels

·         Stakeholder Engagement - creating content for engagement with a broad range of stakeholders

·         Internal communication – creating content and organising events for internal stakeholders

The successful intern will also be asked to research and deliver some recommendations on how the AIHW can better engage with the Australian Community and increase the understanding and use of the health and welfare data the Institute produces.

More About The Strategic Communication and Stakeholder Engagement Unit:
The Strategic Communication and Stakeholder Engagement Unit is responsible for the Institute’s reputation and brand management, as well as driving the stakeholder engagement, communication (internal and external) and media activities for the organisation.


About the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) is a national asset. As an independent information management agency, we enable other organisations to improve their policies and services and achieve their goals by making better use of evidence—a fundamental requirement for good decision-making. As an AIHW intern you will work alongside experts in their field.

Our vision

Stronger evidence,

better decisions,

improved health and welfare.

Our purpose

To create authoritative and accessible information and statistics that inform decisions and improve the health and welfare of all Australians.

We are committed to providing high quality, national data and analysis across the health, housing and community services sectors. This covers a wide range of areas, from health and welfare expenditure, hospitals, disease and injury, disability and mental health, to ageing, homelessness, and Indigenous health and welfare.

We value a positive, friendly, cooperative and productive workplace where people are treated with respect and courtesy, and diverse and unique attributes are recognised and valued. We are committed to providing flexibility in working arrangements to recognise the importance of balancing work commitments with family, caring and other personal commitments of employees outside of work.

The AIHW is committed to creating genuine opportunities for all, and welcomes applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people(s), people with a disability and people from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds.

For more information, visit the About Us page of our website.

The Roles

No matter what role you take on, you will know that your work will make a difference in the broader community.

We encourage interns from a wide range of skills and disciplines. This may include (but is not limited to) those with qualifications and/or relevant work experience in statistics, epidemiology, demography,  data science, Science Communication, economics, actuarial studies, accounting, health information management, health sciences, social sciences, data mining, predictive modelling or geospatial/GIS (geographic information system) mapping.

AIHW interns will have the opportunity to work in areas such as population health, community services, health services, housing, Indigenous health and welfare, communications and information management.




Application closing date

19 November 2017
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3 Nov 2017
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