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Soleil is a health worker and studied to be an Enrolled Nurse at the University of Notre Dame.
Her training pathway began with a Certificate IV in Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care Practice and it gave her the confidence to be an advocate for Aboriginal health care and undertake further studies.
As the mother of a young child, Soleil is motivated to create a better quality of life for future generations. She is doing her part to close the gap for Aboriginal people to provide and assist them with high quality care and take a holistic approach to physical, emotional and spiritual needs.
“Doing a Certificate IV through the Kimberly Aboriginal Medical Service was really valuable for my training,” Soleil said.
“There was a lot of hands-on work to go with the theory, which kept me engaged the whole time.
“I was able to gain a lot of work experience, where I can put what I learned into practice.’
In the future, Soleil would like to work as a nurse manager in remote areas such as Kimberley, Arnhem Land and the Torres Strait Islands. She wants to encourage more Aboriginal youth to study in the health sector as health workers, nurses and doctors to help make health a positive experience in their communities.
“My advice to anyone who wants a career is to get into a VET course,” Soleil said
“They are awesome courses, designed to be hands-on and they give you so much support.”
Soleil was named Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year at the 2018 Australian Training Awards. She is now a member of the Australian VET Alumni.
The Australian VET Alumni Program is a national community of Vocational Education & Training (VET) graduates, registered training organisations (RTOs), VET practitioners and businesses dedicated to sharing their VET journey with Australians to encourage greater participation in VET.
Fellow VET Alumni member and National Careers Ambassador, Mr Scott Cam will champion the work of the National Careers Institute and promote a consistent, national message around careers development.
- To hear more from Mr Cam, visit the NCI’s Engagement Hub
- To find out more about the Australian VET Alumni visit MySkills
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