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Welcome to our newest trainees!

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7th June, 2024

This week NSW Health Pathology welcomed a special group of 21 trainees – the first ever intake targeting marginalised and disadvantaged groups.

The new trainees attend­ed an ori­en­ta­tion ses­sion at West­mead on Mon­day and are now head­ing off to our col­lec­tion cen­tres, labs and admin­is­tra­tion offices across Syd­ney and region­al NSW.

NSW Health Pathol­o­gy Chief Exec­u­tive Vanes­sa Janis­sen said she was thrilled to wel­come the 21 new trainees to the organisation.

“It’s excep­tion­al­ly excit­ing for us to be part of this project, pro­vid­ing a vital first step into a reward­ing career in the health sec­tor for these young peo­ple,” Ms Janis­sen said.

“I’m also proud to be sign­ing a Mem­o­ran­dum of Under­stand­ing with Real Futures, a First Nations employ­ment and train­ing firm, that will be pro­vid­ing the sup­port need­ed to ensure these trainee­ships are a suc­cess and con­tin­ue into the future.”

One of our new trainees, Kevin McMaugh, will work in spec­i­men reception.

“It’s going to be very excit­ing; I can’t wait to see what comes of it,” he said.

“It’s going to give me some­thing to look for­ward to every day. I can go to work think­ing about ‘what can I learn today’. It’s going to give me a career.”

For Mari­am Wadie, the trainee­ship rep­re­sents a new start in the fas­ci­nat­ing world of forensics.

“I think that this will lead me into a new career, and it will give me a lot of per­son­al growth,” she said.

“I see myself work­ing in this field and stay­ing in forensics.”

Tia Peachey-Gay­lor said she was look­ing for­ward to the oppor­tu­ni­ties the trainee­ship will provide.

“When I heard that I got the trainee­ship, I was excit­ed, hap­py and proud of myself,” she said.

“It’s some­thing I can get more expe­ri­ence from and move forward.”

The trainee pro­gram is fund­ed as part of the NSW Government’s com­mit­ment to employ an addi­tion­al 1000 appren­tices and trainees across the state.

NSW Health Pathol­o­gy recog­nis­es the chal­lenges that job­seek­ers from Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Islander com­mu­ni­ties or those liv­ing with a dis­abil­i­ty face. The trainee­ships aim to assist those from mar­gin­alised and dis­ad­van­taged com­mu­ni­ties into a path­way towards long-term careers with NSW Health Pathology.

We’ll be ensur­ing our trainees have the social and cul­tur­al sup­port they need, togeth­er with the for­mal train­ing and edu­ca­tion required to com­plete their traineeships.



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