Indigenous Mentorship Program
Background and aims
The Indigenous Nursing Student Mentorship Program commenced in 2004 with funding from the Nurses Board of Western Australia. It is run in partnership with the Centre for Aboriginal Studies at Curtin and aims to both increase the number of Indigenous nursing students and to provide current students with comprehensive and culturally sensitive mentoring throughout all stages of their course. In addition, it aims to promote cultural awareness and sensitivity amongst staff and to foster increased collaboration between Indigenous and non-Indigenous nursing students.
School visits: the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine in collaboration with the School of Indigenous Studies at the University of Western Australia hosts visits from Indigenous high school students (Years 8-12) as part of the Health Careers Workshop program. Indigenous nursing students are encouraged to participate in these visits.
Careers Expos: information about this program is disseminated at these events.
Social Activities: opportunities for Indigenous nursing students to support one another and meet other Indigenous health science students are provided.
- Centre for Aboriginal Studies, Curtin University
CAS offers a wide range of courses for Indigenous students and also provides advice and advocacy for those enrolled in specialised and mainstream programs. The Aboriginal Tutorial Assistance Scheme (ATAS) is administered through CAS. The Centre for Aboriginal Studies and the School of Nursing and Midwifery work in partnership to ensure that an Indigenous perspective is incorporated into Nursing programs and together are responsible for the nursing mentorship initiative.
- School of Indigenous Studies, University of Western Australia
The School of Indigenous Studies and The Centre for Aboriginal Medical and Dental Health offer a range of courses and programs for Indigenous students. Their annual Health Careers Workshop encourages secondary students to consider tertiary studies in the health sciences.
- Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses
- Australian Indigenous Doctors Association
- Western Australian Centre for Rural and Remote Medicine
- Spinrphex Rural Health Club
- Office of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
- Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet
For further information please contact the School Office