Aboriginal Cadetship Program 2023

Aboriginal Cadetship Program 2023

Dhelkaya Health is offering two positions within our Aboriginal Cadetship Program in 2023, supported by the Department of Health.

The Cadetship Program provides Aboriginal nursing, midwifery, and allied health undergraduate students and enrolled nursing students with an opportunity to take up a cadetship that enables them to participate in paid work experience within a Victorian public health service, including the development of work readiness skills and professional contacts.

Cadetships are a valued way for Aboriginal students to gain exposure to a health service as an employee and to build their confidence and knowledge. The Cadetship Program offers additional support to Aboriginal students undertaking their final years of undergraduate study and contributes to a culturally safe and respectful working environment.

As a successful applicant you will work as part of the health team under the supervision of a health practitioner relevant to your discipline, for 40 shifts across the year. In the hospital setting, the role can include assisting with patients’ activities of daily living, providing wellbeing support through communication, helping maintain a safe and clean environment, and supporting clinical procedures.


The benefits of the program are broad and varied, and include:

  • income in your chosen discipline whilst studying
  • mentoring by staff already working in the health service
  • formation of professional networks
  • personal and professional growth
  • exposure to the work environment, workplace culture and experience in a health setting which could support your future employment
  • skill consolidation through practice

The benefits of a Cadetship Program to the Aboriginal community include:

  • improved access to healthcare
  • improved cultural safety in the healthcare environment
  • improved health outcomes


Cadetships are available for Aboriginal students who:

  • are enrolled in a diploma of nursing, bachelor’s degree in nursing and/or midwifery, or a bachelor’s degree or masters/doctorate graduate-entry degree in an allied health discipline and have progressed beyond first year.
  • have maintained a pass grade in all subjects, and
  • are living in Victoria or a cross-border community.

All appointments are made subject to a satisfactory police records check. You must have the right to permanently live and work in Australia to apply for this job.

Find out more

To find out more about the Aboriginal Cadetship Program at Dhelkaya Health, call our Aboriginal Liaison Officer on 5471 3308. Applications close on Friday, 11 August 2023.

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