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The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker Association (NATSIHWA) has heard from a variety of sources that there is a shortage of Health Workers around Australia. Shortages such as those experienced by other professions such as doctors and nurses is relatively new to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker workforce.
NATSIHWA has commenced one approach to encourage high school and college students to become health workers.
Work is currently underway in various locations to commence education in Certificate II in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary health care in high schools. NATSIHWA is working in collaboration with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Registered Training Organisation National Network (ATSIHRTONN) and health sectors on the introduction of the Certificate II for students from years 10 to 12 who are interested in a career as a Wealth Worker.
We are engaging with locations around the country from urban to regional, rural and remote and hopefully gaining interest and support to grow the ATSIHW workforce in a way that is beneficial to the communities that the students live in.
Discussions have already started in Adelaide and NATSIHWA is expecting to soon make contact with two other areas.