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Welcome aboard new trainee Assistants in Nursing

01 Apr 2019


Nepean Hospital welcomed new trainee Assistants in Nursing (AIN), Katie Squires, Corina Button and Amanda Forrester to the Local Health District earlier last month. The new trainees have begun their three year training pathway that supports the enrolment in Bachelor in Midwifery to become an Aboriginal Midwife.

During their first year, AIN trainees undertake a Certificate III in Health Services Assistant qualification with a maternal and infant skill set. They learn to provide basic care to mothers and babies in the hospital’s maternity unit as well as:

  • Participate in WHS activities
  • Comply with Infection Control policies and procedures
  • Take observations
  • Learn how to communicate effectively with colleagues and consumers in healthcare

Following the completion of their Certificate III trainees complete a Diploma of Nursing.

“I’ve always had a passion for health, I studied it when I was younger, however when I had kids it was put to the side. Now that they’re older, I want to get back out and help other mothers and children,” says Corina.

For Katie, this opportunity was a chance to follow her true passion.

“I wanted to be a midwife years ago, but I was scared and didn’t take that leap. I tried my hand as an accountant, but knew it wasn’t for me.”

“Once I’ve finished the program I would love to go back to desert and learn more about birthing on country. I want to be there to help women make decisions that’s right for them,” says Katie.

The presence of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander midwives helps build cultural understanding within the whole maternity workforce and expectant mothers know that their cultural, social and emotional wellbeing is considered when seeking maternity care.

The AIN program is a partnership between the POCHE Centre for Indigenous Health and NSW Health.