Improving health in WA

Aboriginal Cadetship Program

What is the Aboriginal Cadetship Program?

The Aboriginal Cadetship Program offers Aboriginal university students the opportunity to gain paid work experience while completing an undergraduate degree.

Why is the cadetship program on offer?

WA Health is committed to improving the health outcomes of Aboriginal people across Western Australia.

Although accounting for only 3.8 per cent of the State’s population, Aboriginal people have the worst health outcomes of any group in our community.

Existing risk factors indicate that this poor health will continue without special attention.

Attracting and retaining Aboriginal people to our diverse and talented workforce is essential to delivering culturally appropriate health services and improving the gap in Aboriginal health outcomes.

Am I eligible for the program?

You are eligible to apply for the Aboriginal Cadetship Program if you are:

  • an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
  • a full-time student at university.

Please note: while you are welcome to apply from anywhere in WA, cadets are expected to attend locations in the Perth metropolitan area one day per week during each semester, or full-time over the semester break to complete 60 days (12 weeks) per calendar year.

How long does the program run for?

Cadets will be required to complete 12 weeks (60 days) work experience each calendar year, normally comprising 1 day per week each semester and block attendance during semester breaks.

Program places

Vacancies available for cadetships will vary each year.

Interested parties should apply through the WA Health jobs board.

More information

For advice on Aboriginal cadetships, contact Aboriginal Health, Department of Health by phone on 9222 2478 or email Aboriginal.Health@health.wa.gov.au

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