Far West LHD celebrates Aboriginal Mental Health Traineeship graduates

The Far West Local Health District is celebrating the latest graduates of its Aboriginal Mental Health Traineeship Program.

John Nicholls and Desley McKellar have both graduated with Bachelors of Health Science (Mental Health) from the Djiurrawang Program at Charles Sturt University.

“John and Desley join a long and esteemed line of graduates from the program in the Mental Health and Drug & Alcohol Program and we are very proud to have them on our team,” said Ms Susan Daly, Director Mental Health and Drug & Alcohol Service.

John has taken up a position as Mental Health and Drug & Alcohol clinician on the Broken Hill Community Mental Health and Drug & Alcohol team. Desley is finishing her last rotation at the MERIT service.

“Both John and Desley are to be commended for doing so well at university and also for completing the workplace requirements of the trainee program,” said Ms Daly.

John and Desley both joined the Far West Local Health District as first year Aboriginal Mental Health Trainees in 2015.

Ms Daly said Aboriginal Mental Health Trainees are very important for many reasons, including improving the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal people, and improving on skills and knowledge development of their team mates working with Aboriginal people.

“The Trainee Program is a very important career pathway into health and the people who participate in it have a very important place in our service and in the community.

“Graduates like John and Desley are role models and resources, both inside and outside the workplace. This can be taxing, but we’re very proud and pleased that they’ve persevered and we’re honoured they joined our ranks.”


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