New Maari Ma PHW Trainees
PHOTO: L-R: Kevin Bates, Samuel Hooker, Shannon Edwards, Dana Newman, Courtney O’Donnell, Bronwyn Johnson, Brooke O’Donnell, Tarissa Staker, Rachel Kennedy, Kerry King, Christene Polanski and Shannon Henderson.
Maari Ma Health Aboriginal Corporation has employed its third group of Primary Health Worker trainees who, once they graduate, will be working in communities throughout the far west region.
Nine trainees – six from Broken Hill, two from Wilcannia and one from Menindee - will be undertaking a combination of study at the Broken Hill TAFE campus and on the job training over 18 months to complete a Certificate IV Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Primary Health (Practice).
Maari Ma Chief Executive Officer, Bob Davis, said the organisation has a history of commitment to training Aboriginal Health Workers and of achieving successful outcomes for the benefit of its communities.
“This cohort is our third to study the Certificate IV course and receive on the job training.
“Our first cohort was the first in New South Wales to have a 100 per-cent completion rate of the course.
“A student in our second cohort, Jamie Billing, was the recipient of two awards at the 2013 Outstanding Graduate Awards TAFE Western, at Bathurst - Aboriginal Trainee of the Year and Aboriginal Student of the Year.
“While we celebrate our trainee success as an organisation it is our communities which are the beneficiaries of the students’ hard work and dedication.
“They are valued health workers in our communities and play a key role in our efforts to close the gap.
“I would like to welcome all of our new trainees and wish them the very best during the next 18 months. Mr Davis said.
24th August 2015
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Kerry King, Kevin Bates and Tarissa Staker are Maari Ma employees and are joining the group for the TAFE course.