Key messages

  • In 2018-19, the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services (the department) is funding the Aboriginal Cadetship Program (Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health), via an Expression of Interest process. The guidelines and application form are available below.
  • Health Services are now invited to provide submissions signed by a nominated Director of Nursing and Midwifery and/or Allied Health, by no later than 16 November 2018.
  • The guide; "Implementing an Aboriginal cadetship program - A guide for public health services", is also available for download below. This publication outlines a proposed approach to implementing, delivering and evaluating a successful Aboriginal cadetship program, and takes into account a range of critical factors including Aboriginal cultural considerations, the reflections of Aboriginal cadets, and consultation with key local and national stakeholders.

Aboriginal Cadetship program (Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health) 

Since 2013, the department has dedicated funding to the Aboriginal Cadetship Program (Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health). This initiative provides Aboriginal nursing, midwifery and allied health students with a positive experience of undertaking paid work within a health service and the opportunity to develop work readiness skills and professional contacts.

The Cadetship program has been implemented at regional and metropolitan health services including Alfred Health, Austin Health, Bairnsdale Regional Health Service, Barwon Health, Bendigo Health, Eastern Health, Echuca Regional Health, Latrobe Regional Hospital, Mercy Health, Monash Health, Royal Women’s Hospital, St Vincent’s Hospital and Western Health.

“Implementing an Aboriginal Cadetship Program – A guide for public health services” (the guide), published September 2015, 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.

Cadetships are a valued opportunity for Aboriginal students to gain exposure to a health service as an employee and build their confidence and knowledge. The Aboriginal Cadetship Program (Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health) offers additional support to Aboriginal students undertaking their final years of undergraduate study, and contributes to a culturally safe and respectful working environment.

Expressions of Interest are now invited - Aboriginal Cadetship program (Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health)

The department is offering funding to Victorian public health services, via an Expression of Interest process, for Aboriginal students who are:

  • currently enrolled in a Bachelor degree in nursing and/or midwifery or an allied health entry to practice postgraduate course and have progressed beyond first year, and
  • living in Victoria and maintaining a pass grade in all subjects. 

Applications must include clear evidence that a cadet has been identified to participate in the cadetship program. Selection will be based on clearly demonstrated organisational readiness including cultural safety measures, robust governance, coordination and supervision structures, clearly described scope of practice and agreement to employ cadets in 2019.