Aboriginal Cadetship Program


What is the Aboriginal Cadetship program?

The Aboriginal Cadetship program offers Aboriginal university students the opportunity to earn an income and gain valuable 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.

Attracting and retaining Aboriginal people to our diverse and talented workforce is essential to delivering culturally appropriate health services and improving Aboriginal health outcomes. WA Health would like to increase professional employment prospects for Aboriginal students.

The program is a key workforce initiative aimed at creating pathways for Aboriginal university students to gain employment in WA Health. It is designed to provide Aboriginal students with an opportunity to gain an income while studying full-time for an undergraduate degree qualification. The program is co-sponsored by the Department of Health and the Prime Minister and Cabinet (PMC) with funding for positions consisting of a salary component from the Aboriginal Health Policy Directorate and an allowance from PMC.

Students selected onto the program will be required to undertake 60 days of paid work experience with a Host Site located at the Department of Health, East Metropolitan Health Service or Health Support Services. Typically this will mean a cadet works on site one day per week with additional days completed as a block attendance during semester breaks or at the end of the year.

Am I eligible for the program?

You are eligible to apply if you are:

  • of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent
  • enrolled in full-time study in your first undergraduate program at an Australian University
  • are an Australian resident
  • can commit to 12 weeks (60 days) work per annum with WA Health
  • a full-time student at university.
  • Please note: while you are welcome to apply from anywhere in WA, the cadetships are based in the Perth metropolitan area.

How long does the program run for?

Cadets will undertake 12 weeks (60 days) work experience during each calendar year, comprising one day per week each semester or block attendance during semester breaks (usually Dec to Feb, and July), or as negotiated.

Cadets are employed on a fixed term part-time contract in one of the Health Service areas for one year with the possibility of extension, starting January 2019 and ending December 2020.

Program places

WA Health will be recruiting 8 Aboriginal Cadets to the 2019 -2020 program:

  • 5x Department of Health Cadets
  • 2x East Metropolitan Health Service Cadets
  • 1x Health Support Services Cadet.

More information

For further information on Aboriginal cadetships, contact:

Tahli Raftery
Aboriginal Health Policy Directorate, Department of Health
Email: Aboriginal.Health@health.wa.gov.au
Phone: 9222 4088

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Aboriginal Health