Applications for the 2021 NSW Health Aboriginal Nursing and Midwifery Cadetship Program have now closed.
Connection to culture is central to the health and well-being of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Care and cultural understanding from an Aboriginal nurse or midwife allow patients to feel safer and advocated for when away from family and community.
Cadetships are available to support your dream of giving back to your community. They offer financial support, work placements and mentoring exposing you to the diverse possibilities of nursing and midwifery. They are a chance to focus on your studies, experience the workforce and build relationships.
The NSW Aboriginal Nursing and Midwifery Cadetship program provides support and assistance to Aboriginal people studying an undergraduate nursing or midwifery degree at university.
- a study allowance of $600 per fortnight while studying for 40 weeks
- $500 per semester support allowance
- 12 weeks paid employment in a local public hospital or Justice Health facility
- support from an Aboriginal mentor, cadet coordinator and additional clinical support.
- the possibility of ongoing employment when you successful complete your studies and the program
"The Cadetship program went beyond my expectations. The support I recieved while I was a Cadet helped guide me through my nursing degree. It gave me the chance to explore different areas of nursing. I'm thankful to have been part of such a great program and encourage all Aboriginal students to apply"
Martin Roberts, proud Wiradjuri man and NSW Health Cadet recipient
To apply, you must be:
- of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent
- known and accepted in the community that you live or have lived
- currently studying or about to study an undergraduate nursing or midwifery degree at university
- a resident of NSW (or within 5km of the NSW border)
Preparing your application
As part of the application, applicants must complete an online application form and provide:
- a cover letter describing:
- why you want to be a nurse or midwife
- why it is important to have Aboriginal people working as nurses and midwives within the NSW public health system
- a statement of your Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander heritage
- a resume
- evidence of full-time enrolment in a Bachelor of Nursing or Bachelor of Midwifery course
- a copy of results (if applicable)
- Confirmation of Aboriginality stating that you:
- are of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent
- identify as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander and
- are accepted as such in the community where you live
For a clear guide on what you need to confirm your Aboriginality visit Stepping Up-Aboriginality
If you would like further information please contact the Aboriginal Nursing and Midwifery team:
Phone: 1800 155 325