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WA Health invests in Indigenous employment programs

Date posted: 19 March 2013

Western Australian (WA) Health has partnered with leading employment service provider, the Aboriginal Employment Strategy (AES), to deliver Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment programs.

WA Health is set to host a number of Indigenous students for one and two year work placements, as a part of the AES's successful school-based traineeship program. The program will provide participants with on the job experience to equip them with industry-specific skills and the necessary tools for a successful school-to-career transition.

Aboriginal Health, a division within WA Health, will induct the first group of seven students into traineeships this month, placing them throughout WA Health corporate divisions and administrative areas in Princess Margaret Hospital in Perth.

Director of Aboriginal Health, Jenni Collard, said WA Health was excited to be welcoming the students into two year school-based traineeships. 'WA Health is strongly committed to increasing the representation and influence of Aboriginal people at all levels across its workforce,' Ms Collard said.

'Employing more Aboriginal people in the health workforce - and supporting them to develop their skills and leadership potential - is an important way of incorporating Aboriginal cultural perspectives into our health services. The development of career pathways from secondary school into WA Health should lead to increased Aboriginal representation in the WA Health workforce,' she said.

Other organisations and corporations in WA will also be supporting the AES's employment programs. Business development and operations manager of AES Perth, Russell Simpson, says over 30 new trainees from Perth will be inducted into traineeships with various host organisations this month, the AES's largest intake of trainees ever. 'This is a huge milestone for Indigenous training and employment in WA,' Mr Simpson said.

Source: PRWire


Aboriginal Employment Strategy Perth
425 Albany Hwy
Victoria Park WA 6100
Ph: (08) 6365 5160
Fax: (08) 6365 5169


Last updated: 11 April 2013
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