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Aboriginal trainees with local health district managers

Mid North Coast Local Health District (MNCLHD) Aboriginal Workforce Development Manager Helene Jones, Chief Executive Stewart Dowrick, Elsa Dixon trainees Kimberly Duncan, Oshae Coe, Bree Croft, Mary Schubert, Kissane Walker, Ruby Griffen, William Delaforce, Erin Tarplee and Mekeisha Donnelly, District Manager Organisational Learning and Development Kerry Murnain and Director of People and Culture Rebekah Florence.

Aboriginal student trainees start two-year term

Feb 11, 2021

The Mid North Coast Local Health District (MNCLHD) has welcomed 10 new students in the latest intake of its Aboriginal School Based Traineeship Program.

The Program, named in honour of prominent Aboriginal activist Elsa Dixon, is part of the District’s commitment to delivering training for Aboriginal students.

The Elsa Dixon Program aims to promote workforce diversity and innovation and better health outcomes for patients.

The students have begun their two-year traineeship with the MNCLHD, working in Nursing and Allied health across all health sites. They will combine on-the-job training with formal TAFE studies where they will be undertaking Certificate III level courses.

On completion of their traineeships, the students will have achieved nationally recognised qualifications in their chosen fields, which contributes to their Higher School Certificate. They will also have the opportunity to apply for positions within the Mid North Coast Local Health District.

The program works in close collaboration with local secondary schools, the Aboriginal community, State Training Services Office and MNCLHD as well as the Registered Training Provider.

MNCLHD Chief Executive Stewart Dowrick said the District was committed to increasing the representation of Aboriginal employees in all parts of the health sector.

“I am pleased to say that all of our Elsa Dixon graduates from the 2019-2020 program have already secured ongoing employment, many within our organisation,” Mr Dowrick said.

“The program is not only an opportunity for those wanting to enter the health workforce, it is also a great chance to improve career pathways for Aboriginal youth on the Mid North Coast.”

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