Delivering a Healthy WA
Nursing and midwifery in Western Australia

Aboriginal Nursing and Midwifery

We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land and the Elders both past and present. We recognise the strength, resiliency and capacity of Aboriginal people, the continuing culture and contribution.

The use of the term ‘Aboriginal’ within this document refers to Australians of both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

The Nursing and Midwifery Office recognise that Aboriginal nurses and midwives are a valuable asset to nursing, midwifery, management, education and research and are leading the way through the provision of the highest quality and culturally safe health care for Aboriginal people, families and the community. Furthermore Aboriginal nurses and midwives are valued in their capacity as role models and teachers for colleagues and for the next generation of nurses and midwives.

The Nursing and Midwifery Office appointed a project officer in May 2010 with aims that the project officer identify strategies to increase the recruitment, retention and advancement of Aboriginal nursing and midwifery across regional, remote and metropolitan WA. In order to address this goal, our project officer does a great deal of consultation and collaboration not only across health, tertiary, training and education sectors on a local, state and national level but importantly from the workforce and the students – the next generation.

To date the Nursing and Midwifery has supported the following projects to build greater pathways to support the recruitment, retention and advancement of Aboriginal nurses and midwives.

At anytime, we welcome you to make a connection to discuss what the Nursing and Midwifery Office is up to in regards to the draft strategic plan, about the pathways to becoming a nurse and midwife and of the supports to get you started. The Nursing and Midwifery Office is eager to learn from you too, especially on what you experience as barriers and opportunities so that more Aboriginal people choose nursing and midwifery as their career choice.

Email: nursingwa@health.wa.gov.au
Phone: (08) 9222 4075 or freecall 1800 11 22 72
(free from land line only, within Western Australia)