Supporting more Aboriginal students to become health professionals

NT Government

Applications are now open for the 2024 intake of the NT Health Aboriginal Cadetship Program.

The NT Health Aboriginal Cadetship Program aims to support Aboriginal people to complete higher education health studies.

Since the program commenced in 2020, 17 Aboriginal Territorians have been awarded a cadetship.

To date, six Aboriginal Territorians have graduated from the NT Health Aboriginal Cadetship Program and are now working in a range of health professions including nursing, midwifery, psychology and speech pathology.

The program is designed to assist eligible Aboriginal students undertaking their first undergraduate degree or postgraduate studies to gain professional health qualifications and experience that will lead to entry to practice upon completion of their studies, including by providing work placement within NT Health.

An Aboriginal health workforce ensures policies and practices are delivered in a way that is culturally responsive, accessible, and equitable for all Territorians.

Increasing Aboriginal representation within the NT Health professional and clinical health workforce will contribute to providing culturally safe care and services.

Applications close 21 January 2024, and can be applied for at here

Quotes attributed to Chief Minister and Minister for Health, Natasha Fyles:

“The successful delivery of high-quality health services for all Territorians relies on a trained Aboriginal workforce.

“The NT Health Aboriginal Cadetship Program is for eligible students undertaking tertiary level study and is a key initiative which goes towards assisting the employment of Aboriginal people in health professions.

“We need more Aboriginal Territorians in frontline health environments, and this programs is designed to support that, ultimately delivering a better patient experience across the Territory.”

Northern Territory Government

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