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Last updated: 07 September 2018

The NSW Aboriginal Nursing & Midwifery Strategy (the Strategy) is implemented by the Nursing & Midwifery Office (NaMO) in partnership with local health districts and speciality networks (LHD/SN), to increase and sustain the number of Aboriginal nurses and midwives within NSW.

NSW Aboriginal cadetships & scholarship program

Providing career opportunities for Aboriginal people to gain education and employment in the field of nursing & midwifery can have an enormous impact on the health of Aboriginal communities. The Strategy offers financial assistance and support for Aboriginal people enrolled in either nursing or midwifery studies through cadetships & scholarships.

The overarching purpose of the Strategy is to support the provision of 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.

What a cadetship offers ?

  • Study allowance of $600 per fortnight (gross)
  • $500 per semester book allowance
  • Paid employment  for up to 12 weeks in your local public hospital or Justice Health facility
  • Clinical support and mentoring
  • Ongoing employment on the successful completion of your studies and the cadetship program

NSW Aboriginal Nursing & Midwifery Cadetship Program

Open November - close January each year.

What scholarships are on offer ?

NSW Aboriginal Undergraduate Scholarships

Open November - close February each year.

NSW Aboriginal Postgraduate Scholarships

Open December - close February each year.

NSW Aboriginal Post Enrolment Scholarships

Open year round.

Registered nurse

A registered nurse is one of the most dynamic and rewarding professions in healthcare. It offers you a diverse range of career opportunities and allows you to care for patients and their families when they are most in need.

How do I become a registered nurse ?

You will need to complete a Bachelor of Nursing at university for a period of three years full-time (or the equivalent part-time).

The course provides a mixture of theory and clinical nursing experience in a range of settings.

Once you graduate, an application is made to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia to practice as a registered nurse anywhere in Australia.

Registered midwife

A registered midwife is in the privileged position of sharing the journey of a women and her family from pregnancy to parenthood. It is an exciting and evolving profession with a lot to offer.

How do I become a registered midwife ?

In NSW there are two pathways into midwifery:

  1. You can study a direct entry Bachelor of Midwifery at university for a period of three years full-time (or the equivalent part-time).
  2. You can study a Bachelor of Nursing at university for a period of three years full-time equivalent. After registration you can complete a one year Postgraduate Diploma in Midwifery at university.

Where can I study ?

A number of universities in NSW and around Australia offer the Bachelor of Nursing, Bachelor of Midwifery or Graduate Diploma in Midwifery courses. To apply for these courses you will need to apply through the Universities Admission Centre (UAC)

Most universities have an Aboriginal support unit. These units offer alternative entry pathways for Aboriginal people to enrol in a university course.

A list of all institutions in NSW which offer approved courses are on the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia

Contact details

If you require further information you can contact the Nursing and Midwifery Office (NaMO):

Freecall - 1800 155 325

Email - Aboriginal Nursing Strategy 

Page Updated: Friday 7 September 2018
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