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Four Aboriginal school-based trainees will complete their TAFE studies in 2018 as part of long-term strategy aimed at building a highly-skilled future workforce for the Southern NSW Local Health District (SNSWLHD).

Ms Ash Campbell (Bega High School), Ms Chloe Baird (Mulwaree High School), Ms Ebony Beetson (Bega High School) and Ms Nakia Moreton-Stewart (Moruya High School) will complete all the requirements for the Certificate III Allied Health Assistance and Certificate III Health Services Assistance in late December 2017, ahead of a formal TAFE graduation ceremony in April 2018.

Mr Andrew Newton, newly appointed Chief Executive SNSWLHD was on hand today to present the students with a Certificate of Acknowledgement to recognise the commitment they have made over the last two years.

“These young ladies are the first wave of Aboriginal school-based trainees for the SNSWLHD and they are paving the way for other students who have an interest in an allied health career,” said Mr Newton.

“The focus and dedication required to complete Year 12 and fulfil the obligations for a school-based traineeship exemplifies the type of qualities we need to see in future employees of the District.”

Ms Brigid Ryan, General Manager Organisational Development and Safety added that traineeship opportunities was part of a much broader strategy for the District.

“In June 2017 the SNSWLHD Aboriginal Workforce Action Plan 2017-2020 was released which details our commitment to recruit, train and develop Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees from across the District,” said Ms Ryan.

“We are also committed to building a more culturally aware workforce so our employees can engage with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients and patients more effectively.”

Key SNSWLHD Facts:

•           ABS Census 2016 - 7,054 people identify as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, which represents 3.5% of the total population (205,278).

•           58 employees identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, which represents 2.02% of the total workforce (2,663).

•           90% of all SNSWLHD employees have completed the Respecting the Difference Cultural Training.

•           Four Aboriginal school-based trainees are due to graduate in 2019.

The SNSWLHD Aboriginal Workforce Action Plan 2017-2020 localises the commitment and expectations outlined in the NSW Health Good Health-Great Jobs: Aboriginal Workforce Strategic Framework 2016-2020.

For further information please contact Carl Currey on (02) 6124 9853 or email carl.currey@health.nsw.gov.au

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