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The Australian High Commission is keen to learn about anyone who has studied in Australia, no matter how long ago. Alumni of the Australia Awards Scholarships program should register with the Awards Alumni network in your country by completing the information through the Awards website. Anyone else who has studied in Australia can register by sending an email.
Frequently Asked Questions about Travel to Australia from Ebola-Affected Countries
New border–screening procedures are in place for travellers going to Australia from Ebola-affected countries. In some cases, these screening procedures will occur at check-in, or in transit. Full details are available on Smartraveller. Further detail is available in the Ebola Traveller’s Information Sheet.
If you are travelling to Australia from an Ebola-affected country, check the Department of Immigration and Border Protection’s website for the latest travel and visa requirements. Answers to frequently asked questions are available here.
Australian-managed Ebola treatment centre begins operations in Sierra Leone
The Australian-managed Ebola Treatment centre at Hastings Airfield near Freetown in Sierra Leone has opened and can start receiving patients, Australian Foreign Minister Bishop has announced. Ebola transmission rates remain very high in Sierra Leone, especially in and around Freetown, where the Hastings Airfield Ebola Treatment Centre is located. Read the full release here.
Australian Awardee studying to boost health in Ghana
Enhancing the capacity of Ghana’s health providers by integrating HIV/AIDS and chronic disease care, is the way forward to tackle the HIV epidemic in the country, according to Australia Awards Scholar and Pharmacist, Pharm Josephine Osarfo (pictured).
A 2014 Australia Awards recipient of a scholarship to study a Master of International Public Health at the University of Sydney, Pharm Osarfo said her studies in Australia, as well as attending the AIDS 2014 conference in Melbourne, had enlightened her on the need to encourage the adoption of a inter-sectoral, collaborative healthcare approach on her return to Ghana.
“My Australia Award will change my approach to addressing challenges associated with quality health care delivery. Since I began my studies in March this year, I have been equipped with the knowledge and skill set to improve political commitment by all levels of government in responding to these challenges via an inter-sectoral collaborative effort," said Pharm Osarfo. Read her full story here.
Australia Awards Scholarships applications now open
Candidates from Ghana, Côte d’Ivoire and Senegal who wish to study in the priority sectors of mining, agriculture/fisheries or public policy may apply for Australia Awards Africa Fellowships (for study in 2015). These are short courses delivered in both Africa and Australia. Applications close 16 January 2015.
Candidates from Ghana who wish to study in the priority sectors of mining, agriculture/fisheries or public policy may apply for the Australia Awards Masters-level study at an Australian University (for study in 2016). Applications close 12 December 2014.
Applications are highly competitive. The Australian Government strongly encourages applications from women. The participation of people with disability is also supported. We aim to attract high calibre, early to mid-career professionals from the public and private sectors as well as civil society who have the potential to lead and support development in your country.
Further details about the Awards and how to submit an application can be found here: www.australiaawardsafrica.org.
Welcome from the Australian High Commissioner
Welcome to the website of the Australian High Commission in Accra, Ghana. I hope you find the site interesting and informative.
I was delighted to commence my new role at the High Commission on 21 January 2013, after earlier visits to Ghana in 2009 and 2011. I will also be responsible for Australia’s relations with Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo.
The Australian High Commission’s job is to advance Australia’s political, economic and other interests in all of these countries, and to work with partner governments on issues of common interest, including development, trade and investment and peace and security.
In particular, I look forward to working closely with partner governments during Australia’s two year term on the United Nations Security Council from 2013-14.
I am also very pleased that the Australian Trade Commission (Austrade) now has a regional office in the High Commission in Accra to help service the growing ties between Australia and the region.
I look forward to many enriching experiences working to advance bilateral relationships and meeting Australians and friends of Australia across the region.
Joanna Adamson, High Commissioner
Information for Australian travellers
Consular emergencies: call +61 2 6261 3305 (24 hour service)
Registration: Australian travellers and residents in Ghana and other countries in West Africa are encouraged to register with the Australian High Commission in Accra and to check Smartraveller for information on security issues. You can register in person at the High Commission or online through http://www.smartraveller.gov.au.
Passports: see Passports Australia.