This week's Health Happenings (a weekly news digest for all staff working for the Western Australian Health Department) highlighted Raheen Williams, an Aboriginal university student who has been partaking in the WA Health Aboriginal Cadetship Program at CCI over the past year. We are pleased to share an edited extract from this article below:
Raheen has been working within the Centre for Clinical Interventions and is studying a Bachelor of Psychology. He has benefited from the clinical perspectives and knowledge the program has offered him. 'I have had the opportunity to observe how research is transitioned into practice to improve health outcomes. I’ve enjoyed viewing the field of psychology from a practical perspective that generally begins in post graduate studies,’ Raheen said.
Raheen hopes the experience and networks he has formed through the cadet program provides further opportunities for him to work within the health system after completing the program and transitioning to employment. ‘I would love to work in the mental health sector of WA Health, and I hope I get the opportunity to give back to the community that I have been a part of and shape positive change.’
Reflecting on his time in the program so far, Raheen is excited by the connections he's made and the skills he's gained along the way. ‘I’ve been able to develop and fast-track the skills I’m learning at university and also build a network of colleagues for support,’ Raheen said.
Applications for the 2024 WA Health Aboriginal Cadetship Program will open in September 2023.
For more information on the program, contact the Aboriginal Health Policy Directorate via email or on 6373 3862.
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