Aboriginal Cadets carve a career in WA Health

Aboriginal Cadets carve a career in WA Health

WA Health Aboriginal cadet Naomi with her supervisor David

WA Health Aboriginal cadet Naomi with her supervisor David

As one of WA Health’s first six Aboriginal cadets, Naomi has discovered the role offers so much more than just an opportunity to “earn while she learns”.

Kickstarting her career and receiving a guaranteed income while she studies initially attracted Naomi to the program, but the benefits just keep on coming.

“Already I have met so many people who have offered really useful advice on career pathways and opportunities,” Naomi said.

“The flexible working hours are also an added bonus as they make it so much
easier to manage my university commitments.”

Naomi is currently working with a health promotion team to develop quit smoking campaigns for Aboriginal communities.

“I am really enjoying working on a project aimed at changing behaviours at such a grass roots level.

“It is also rewarding to see first hand how a program such as this is already improving people’s health.”

Naomi will work on a number of projects throughout the year, including one related to cardiovascular health and a Women and Newborn Health Service symposium.

Attracting and ultimately retaining strong performing cadets will develop WA Health’s skilled workforce and their experience and skills will be instrumental in shaping future strategies to improve Aboriginal health.

Contact the Cadetship Coordinator on 9222 4084 for more information on the program.

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