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Cadetships boost careers in nursing and midwifery for Aboriginal students

Applications are now open for Aboriginal students studying an undergraduate nursing or midwifery degree at university to apply for the NSW Health Aboriginal Nursing and Midwifery Cadetship Program.

Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Sarah Mitchell said the program provides financial support and assistance to students undertaking an undergraduate nursing or midwifery degree at university.

Successful cadets in the program will receive:

  • Study allowance of $600 each fortnight while undertaking a university nursing or midwifery degree;
  • A $500 support allowance each semester;
  • Access to an Aboriginal mentor, cadet coordinator and additional clinical support; and
  • Up to 12 weeks of paid employment in a local public hospital or Justice Health facility.

“The aim of the program is to increase the number of Aboriginal nurses and midwives working in NSW facilities,” Ms Mitchell said.

“Nurses and midwives are critical to the success of our healthcare sector, and as a government we are only too happy to provide career opportunities for Aboriginal people to undertake nursing & midwifery education.

“Since 2011, the Liberals & Nationals Government has added a record 16,000 nurses, midwives, doctors, allied health professionals and hospital support staff across the State, made possible through our sound economic management.

“And the 2018/19 State Budget is adding a further 1,370 health staff, including 950 nurses and midwives, 300 medical practitioners and 120 allied health professionals – resulting in a record frontline clinical and clinical support staff of over 105,000.

“Opportunities are there for graduates, so we encourage aboriginal students to utilise this financial support and assistance so they can focus on completing their nursing and midwifery studies.”

Jacqui Cross, NSW Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer, said Aboriginal people who are interested in a career in nursing or midwifery and want to make a real difference to the health of their communities are encouraged to apply.

“The NSW Government is committed to growing our Aboriginal nursing and midwifery workforce, and cadetships provide valuable additional support to Aboriginal students undertaking nursing and midwifery studies at university,” Ms Cross said.

Applications for the cadetship program open today and close on 25 January 2019. For further information visit http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/aboriginal-cadetships.

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