Acknowledgement of country

The NSW Nursing and Midwifery Office acknowledges the people of the many traditional countries and language groups of New South Wales. It acknowledges the wisdom of Elders both past and present and pays respect to Aboriginal communities of today.

NSW Aboriginal Nursing and Midwifery Strategy

The NSW Aboriginal Nursing and Midwifery Strategy was developed as a result of the NSW State Government commitment in 2001 to increase the number of Aboriginal nurses and midwives in rural and remote NSW, and to improve career development opportunities for Aboriginal employees working in the public health system.

Aims

The Strategy aims to improve Aboriginal health by providing opportunities for Aboriginal people to gain education and employment opportunities in the field of nursing and midwifery. It also aims to work with the current NSW nursing and midwifery workforce to provide better health services to Aboriginal people through the delivery of culturally safe and competent nursing and midwifery services.

Expected outcomes

Providing career opportunities for Aboriginal people in the field of nursing and midwifery can make an enormous impact on the health of Aboriginal communities. Aboriginal people need Aboriginal nurses and midwives working in their local hospitals, community health centres and in senior management positions, for health to improve.

A career in nursing or midwifery offers job opportunities, locally, at a regional level and nationally.

The outcomes of the Strategy will ensure that there is a competent and culturally safe workforce to meet the needs of Aboriginal people, so that all Aboriginal people can enjoy a longer, healthier life, free from disease and illness.

Current programs

NSW Aboriginal Nursing and Midwifery Cadetship Program

Open 20 November 2017 | Close 19 January 2018

  • Are y​ou an Aboriginal person who wants to study nursing or midwifery at university?
  • or are you an Aboriginal person who is currently studying nursing or midwifery at university?
  • and do you reside in New South Wales?

If you answered 'yes' to one of these, you can apply for support and assistance under the NSW Aboriginal Nursing and Midwifery Cadetship Program.​

What does the Cadetship offer?

  • Study allowance of $600 per fortnight whilst undertaking study.
  • A $500 per semester book allowance.
  • Up to 12 weeks paid employment in your local public hospital or Justice Health facility.
  • Support from an Aboriginal mentor, Cadet Coordinator and additional clinical support.
  • Ongoing employment upon successful completion of your studies and the program.
 

Aboriginal Undergraduate Scholarships

Open 11 December 2017 | Close 16 February 2018

Scholarships up to $1,000 per subject are available to Aboriginal students undertaking a Bachelor of Nursing or Bachelor of Midwifery degree. Find out more about Aboriginal Undergraduate Scholarships.

Aboriginal Postgraduate Scholarships

Open 11 December 2017 | Close 16 February 2018

Scholarships up to $15,000 are available for any Aboriginal registered nurses/midwives undertaking postgraduate studies. Find out more about Aboriginal Postgraduate Scholarships.

Aboriginal Enrolled Nurse Scholarships

Open all year round

Scholarships are available for Aboriginal enrolled nurses who are wanting to complete a VETAB accredited course.

Other Scholarships

There are also scholarships available in other areas. Please refer to the scholarships web page for further information.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ ​​​​

Page Updated: Tuesday 15 August 2017