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Date posted: 22 December 2011
The success of an innovative program to get more Indigenous nurses into the health system is being celebrated following the graduation of six women with a Diploma of Enrolled Nursing last week.
Desarae Clements joined the program in 2010 with hopes of using her qualification to help people in the community.
Her father is from Western Australia, and the course has already helped make her plans a reality.
'I have been offered positions back in Western Australia at Derby with Aboriginal health and my long-term aim is to be able to now go back to my dad's community at One Arm Point and work there to gain more experience and knowledge, and then hopefully return to Port Lincoln and work with Aboriginal health, or at the hospital and share my learning,' she said.
The 18-month course combined paid work at Matthew Flinders Home with training and study.
TAFE South Australia regional lecturer Sharon Bilney said the students worked hard to complete the program earlier than required, which was a testament to them and to the support provided by the Aboriginal Access Centre.
'I feel very proud of the students' achievements and know that they will all be valuable employees in the nursing industry,' Ms Bilney said.
Source: Port Lincoln Times