Key messages

  • A strengthened Aboriginal health and human services workforce contributes to culturally safe care, improved utilisation of health and human services, and improved outcomes for Aboriginal people. Aboriginal nurses, midwives and allied health practitioners thus have a significant role to play in positively influencing the health of Aboriginal clients.
  •  The Victorian Government is committed to developing the Aboriginal health and human services workforce, including the Aboriginal nursing, midwifery and allied health workforces.
  • Since 2013, the Victorian Government has dedicated funding to the Aboriginal Cadetship Program (Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health) (the program). This important program provides Aboriginal nursing, midwifery and allied health students with a positive experience of undertaking paid work within a health service and this the development of work readiness skills and professional contacts.
  • "Implementing an Aboriginal cadetship program - A guide for public health services" (the guide) has been developed by Monash Health in collaboration with St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne, the Royal Women's Hospital, Latrobe Regional Hospital, Bendigo Health and Echuca Regional Health and sponsored by the Department of Health and Human Services.
  • It provides a framework for public health services seeking to implement and deliver an effective Aboriginal cadetship program across nursing, midwifery and allied health workforces.

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