Acknowledgement of country

The NSW Nursing and Midwifery Office acknowledges the people of the many traditional countries and language groups of New South Wales. It acknowledges the wisdom of Elders both past and present and pays respect to Aboriginal communities of today.

NSW Aboriginal Nursing and Midwifery Strategy

The NSW Aboriginal Nursing and Midwifery Strategy was developed as a result of the NSW State Government commitment in 2001 to increase the number of Aboriginal nurses and midwives in rural and remote NSW, and to improve career development opportunities for Aboriginal employees working in the public health system.


The Strategy aims to improve Aboriginal health by providing opportunities for Aboriginal people to gain education and employment opportunities in the field of nursing and midwifery. It also aims to work with the current NSW nursing and midwifery workforce to provide better health services to Aboriginal people through the delivery of culturally safe and competent nursing and midwifery services.

Expected outcomes

Providing career opportunities for Aboriginal people in the field of nursing and midwifery can make an enormous impact on the health of Aboriginal communities. Aboriginal people need Aboriginal nurses and midwives working in their local hospitals, community health centres and in senior management positions, for health to improve.

A career in nursing or midwifery offers job opportunities, locally, at a regional level and nationally.

The outcomes of the Strategy will ensure that there is a competent and culturally safe workforce to meet the needs of Aboriginal people, so that all Aboriginal people can enjoy a longer, healthier life, free from disease and illness.

Current programs

Aboriginal Cadetship program

7 January 2020 to 2 February 2020

You can apply for a NSW Aboriginal Nursing & Midwifery Cadetship if you meet the following criteria:

  • are an Aboriginal person who wants to study nursing or midwifery at University
  • are an Aboriginal person who is currently studying nursing or midwifery at University
  • resides in New South Wales

If you answered 'yes' to one of these, you can apply for support and assistance under the NSW Aboriginal Nursing and Midwifery Cadetship program.​

What does the Cadetship offer?

  • Study allowance of $600 per fortnight whilst undertaking study
  • A $500 per semester support allowance
  • Up to 12 weeks paid employment in your local public hospital or Justice Health facility
  • Support from an Aboriginal mentor, Cadet Coordinator and additional clinical support
  • the potential for ongoing employment upon successful completion of your studies and the cadetship program

Aboriginal Undergraduate scholarships

20 January 2020 - 16 February 2020

Scholarships up to $1,000 per subject are available to Aboriginal students undertaking a Bachelor of Nursing or Bachelor of Midwifery degree. Find out more about Aboriginal Undergraduate scholarships.

Aboriginal Postgraduate scholarships

20 January 2020 - 16 February 2020

Scholarships up to $10,000 are available for any Aboriginal registered nurses/midwives undertaking postgraduate studies. Find out more about Aboriginal Postgraduate Scholarships.

Other scholarships

There are also scholarships available in other areas. Please refer to the scholarships web page for further information.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​

Page Updated: Friday 6 March 2020
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