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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin
 

Western Australian Department of Health's Aboriginal cadetship program proves a success

Date posted: 15 June 2012

The Western Australian (WA) Department of Health's Aboriginal cadetship program has proved so successful a second intake of cadets is being rolled out ahead of schedule.

Launched last August, the program saw six young Aboriginal students initially offered a cadetship. The program offers Aboriginal university students the opportunity to gain 12 weeks paid work experience while completing an undergraduate degree.

WA Health's Aboriginal health director, Jenni Collard, said the program was a vital step towards improving the health of Aboriginal people across WA.

'Although Aboriginal people account for only 3.4% of the state's population, their health outcomes remain much lower than of any other group in our community,' Ms Collard said.

'Attracting and retaining strong performing cadets will develop WA Health's skilled workforce and be instrumental in shaping future strategies to improve Aboriginal health. The program is also an ideal way for students to lay the foundations for a career in WA Health once they finish their studies.'

Source: Western Australian Department of Health

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Last updated: 26 June 2012
 
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