The Aboriginal Nursing and Midwifery Cadetship aims to increase the numbers of Aboriginal nurses employed in the public healthcare sector. In July 2013, Monash Health employed four Aboriginal Nursing and Midwifery Cadets. Two of the Cadets Mr Timothy Druce (Bachelor of Paramedicine / Bachelor of Nursing) and Ms Pamela McCalman (Bachelor of Midwifery) are current undergraduate students from the Australian Catholic University.
The Cadets will benefit from this program as they are able to earn an income whilst studying in a major public hospital environment. This environment provides the Cadet with mentoring by Indigenous and non-Indigenous staff already working at Monash Health. Throughout the program, the Cadets will expand and enhance their personal and professional attributes in preparation for their graduation into the nursing workforce as registered nurses and midwives.
An official induction morning tea was held to warmly welcome the Cadets to Monash Health. This was led by CEO, Ms Shelley Park. Each of the Cadets was asked to introduce themselves, and Pamela and Timothy must be commended for the maturity and articulation as they addressed the group. They spoke proudly of their family heritage and their quest to learn more about their culture.