Aboriginal Health Worker Traineeship

Tuesday, January 14, 2020
Aboriginal Health Worker Traineeship

Eastern Health has successfully secured two of the ten Aboriginal Health Worker (Mental Health) traineeship positions available across Victoria.

Funded by the Department of Health and Human Services, the traineeships are one of many initiatives designed to increase the Aboriginal Workforce within the public mental health sector while also increasing culturally safe and inclusive mental health care for Aboriginal people.

This initiative is a first for Victorian Clinical Mental Health Services. At the end of the period, trainees will become qualified mental health clinicians equivalent to nurses, social workers, occupational therapist and psychologists. Throughout and after the traineeship, trainees will be able to guide service activities in becoming more culturally safe for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander consumers, families and staff.

A Mental Health Social and Emotional Wellbeing Team has been formed to provide clinical leadership and support throughout the traineeship.

One of the 2019 trainees, Mena Love, is thankful for the opportunity.

“Doors have opened, trust is beginning, self-determination is happening, relationships have been built and I stand tall and strong in this role knowing I am advocating and helping my mob, but also helping my workplace to be culturally safe,” Mena said.

Elizabeth Brown, who joined Eastern Health in the Aboriginal Mental Health traineeship in August, said the role is extremely fulfilling.

“My greatest goal is to help improve the current health and social issues people face day to day and to work as part of a team that provides great results.  I strongly believe that there is a need for better health and social services in both Government and Non- Government sectors.  I would love to be a part of a service that delivers innovative programmes to those who are in need, especially to the community, inpatient units and correctional facilities,” Brown said.


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