Leona McGrath, Project Officer, NSW Health

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

The strategy includes an Aboriginal nursing and midwifery cadetship program and scholarships for undergraduate and postgraduate study. Its aim is also to provide better health services to Aboriginal people by working with the current nursing and midwifery workforce to deliver services that are culturally safe and competent. To date, 33 registered nurses, eight midwives and two enrolled nurses have graduated from the program, and it has inspired further initiatives, including cadetships for assistants in nursing to undertake the diploma of nursing.

In this seminar Leona will discuss both the strategy and her own story of becoming a midwife.

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