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The Launch of a Healthcare Work Experience Program – Empowering our Mob

Empowering our Mob

On Wednesday 15 November, Real Futures were asked to present at the Launch of the Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District (NBMLHD) ‘Empowering our Mob Work Ready Program’. 

This program is the result of a growing partnership between Natalie Boncales, NBMLHD’s Acting Aboriginal Employment Coordinator, and Real Futures.  The program will see Indigenous women participate in five weeks of work experience at the beginning of 2024, exposing them to career opportunities within the health sector. 

The event had over 80 people from across NBMLHD in attendance including the CEO and Chair of the NBMLHD Board, and Executives from the Local Health District.   

During the launch we were greeted by Uncle David, Uncle Norm and entertained by the Yangkay Cultural Connection. 

Yangkay Cultural Connection

Wendy Bryan-Clothier, Manager Aboriginal Workforce – NSW Ministry of Health, shared the wider context of healthcare in NSW. She spoke about the outcomes and learnings from the NSW Health Good Health Great Jobs: Aboriginal Workforce Strategic Framework 2016-2020, and the future outlook for NSW Health. 

Real Futures was then given the opportunity to talk about our joint approach to do things differently for Indigenous people. This approach seeks better outcomes, both for those working and being serviced by the NBMLHD, as well as more broadly in the health sector. 

Christianna Cartwright – Real Futures CEO, Oneeva Tuuhetoka – Women’s Business Program Manager, and Steve Clarke – Specials Projects, shared a comprehensive picture of the work we do through our Women’s Business Second Chance Program and across Australia at Real Futures. 

Empowering our Mob

Finally, Natalie Boncales presented the Work Experience model we will be delivering and the different areas of NBMLHD the women participating will be working in.  

Our Women’s Business team are so excited to be part of this program and support our ladies into a fulfilling career in Heathcare.