Graduates Aboriginal health boost
More health practitioners will be available in Carnarvon next month following the graduation of eight students from an Aboriginal Health Worker Course.
Completing the course enables the students to register with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency and qualifies them for a role similar to an enrolled or registered nurse. Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia clinical trainer Kim Hawkett said students were trained to address a variety of challenges people in Aboriginal communities faced.
“They’re trained in advocacy, liaising between non-Aboriginal health workers and Aboriginals, particularly when it comes to navigating culture and language,” she said.
“They also look at holistic health.
“It’s not just a bandaid fix to a physical problem, it’s a look at financial health, environmental health and spiritual health too.
“On top of that, they’re also trained in diagnostics, injections, taking temperature and other clinical skills.”
Three soon-to-be graduates are already working at Carnarvon Medical Service Aboriginal Corporation and another two are expected to soon start working at the organisation.
Ms Hawkett said graduates still looking for employment were encouraged to apply for available positions at CMSAC as well as apply for an Aboriginal Liaison role at Carnarvon Hospital.
The students will formally graduate at a ceremony at Carnarvon Yacht Club on October 26.