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Introduction

The Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD) offers a Cadetship program in partnership with the NSW Ministry of Health, the Centre for Aboriginal Health and the Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet (PM&C). The Cadetship Program is one of a variety of strategies to increase the number of Aboriginal nurses, midwives and Allied Health professionals in the NSW Public Health Sector, with the goal of providing better health services to our Aboriginal communities.

In June 2010, a Statement of Intent was signed where the NSW government committed to improve the health and well-being of Aboriginal people. The overall goal is to achieve equality in the health status and life expectancy of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other Australians by 2030. This statement of intent was in addition to the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Indigenous Reform Agenda. With these commitments, the gap aims to be closed on indigenous disadvantage. As part of this intent, the NSW Government has contributed funding towards the education and employment of Aboriginal people into careers in nursing and midwifery, as well as Allied Health professions. In order to achieve this, the NSW government has prioritised funding the NSW Aboriginal Nursing and Midwifery Cadetship Program as well as the NSW Aboriginal Allied Health Cadetship Program.

Cadetships are offered to students studying entry level recognised qualifications.

  1. Nursing and Midwifery - Courses of full time study that qualify to undertake a Cadetship include: Bachelor of Nursing and Bachelor of Midwifery or Diploma/Certificate IV Enrolled Nursing.
  2. Allied Health - Areas of study that qualify to undertake a Cadetship include: audiology, nutrition and dietetics, occupational therapy, orthotics and prosthetics, pharmacy, podiatry, physiotherapy, radiography, social work, speech pathology and medical library science.

What are the benefits of a Cadetship for the Cadet?

Financial
  1. Whilst on the Cadetship, students are paid to study their undergraduate degree and receive a fortnightly allowance to support them during the semester
  2. Students are given a Book Allowance at the start of each semester to assist with textbook purchases
  3. At the end of the academic year, students may undertake 12 weeks of paid full time employment (Work Placement).

Gaining a Head Start in Learning

During the 12 week work placement Cadets gain extra experience in a supported learning environment. This enables the Cadet to consolidate their learning and by the time the Cadet graduates they can have amassed more than 6-9 months of additional experience. This gives an advantageous edge to the graduate competing on the jobs market.

Extra Support during study
  1. The Cadet will be connected to a Clinical Buddy, the Cadetship Coordinator as well as a Mentor at the commencement of their cadetship.
  2. There are additional supports such as attending programs and accessing tutors during the program.

 

What are the benefits of a Cadetship for your unit and our organisation?

Growing our own
  1. By welcoming a cadet into your team, you have the opportunity to train the cadet to the high standards of your unit and instil important patient-centred, team orientated values.
  2. When the Cadet has a positive experience on your unit they are likely to stay with you over time.

 

Supernumerary Assistance
The Cadet is a funded position and is counted supernumerary in your numbers. Each placement you are able to increase the work that the cadet performs in accordance with the cadets growing competence and confidence.

 

Contributing to the goals of increasing our Aboriginal Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Workforce

 

Program Contacts

The Cadetship is a fantastic opportunity. Please see the FAQ’s for information on applying for the cadetship or taking on a cadet. If you require further information on the cadetship please contact:

Nursing
Tanya Critchlow
Manager Nursing & Midwifery Education WSLHD
Nursing & Midwifery Education Department, WSLHD
Research & Education Network
T: 88904963 M: 0428 201 845
E: Tanya.Critchlow@health.nsw.gov.au

Allied Health
Carla Davenport
Allied Health Training Coordinator
Research & Education Network, WSLHD
T: 88904966
E: Carla.Davenport@health.nsw.gov.au

 

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