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Kickstarting her career and receiving a guaranteed income while she studied were reasons behind Naomi Smith's decision to undertake an Aboriginal cadetship with the Western Australian (WA) Department of Health. Naomi is one of WA Health's first six Aboriginal cadets, and since starting her cadetship late last year, has discovered many benefits to participating in the Aboriginal cadetship program.
'Already I have met so many people who have offered really useful advice on career pathways and opportunities,' Naomi said.
WA Health's Aboriginal cadetship program is part of a push to increase Aboriginal employment in public hospitals and community health services. As part of her cadetship, Naomi will work on a number of projects throughout the year, and is currently part of a health promotion team developing quit smoking campaigns for Aboriginal communities.
Abstract adapted from HealthView magazine
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