Napranum scholarship winner
11 May 2018
Napranum Advanced Indigenous Health Worker Jill Lawrence has been named one of four recipients in Queensland for a prestigious scholarship program.
Torres and Cape Hospital and Health Service Chief Executive Bev Hamerton said Mrs Lawrence had won a Wal-Meta (Diploma of Government) Leadership program scholarship.
Ms Hamerton said the Wal-Meta 12-month leadership program was designed to provide candidates with the relevant skills and qualifications to advance to higher level positions within the public sector.
“It specifically targets Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander public sector employees with the drive and energy to embrace the opportunity to develop their leadership skills on a personal and professional level,’’ she said.
Mrs Lawrence currently works as a Maternal and Child Health Advanced Health Worker at the Napranum Primary Health Care Centre.
She is one of about 180 Indigenous Health Workers employed by the Torres and Cape HHS and has been based in Napranum on the Western Cape since 2006.
She previously took a Diploma in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Primary and Community Health Care in 2009.
Before moving to Napranum, Mrs Lawrence worked for 10 years in the administration area at Cairns Hospital.
Mrs Lawrence said she was looking forward to starting her studies later this month.
“The leadership program offers flexible study options, including online and external study,’’ she said.
“I have to thank my line manager here in Napranum, Clinical Nurse Consultant Mario Dolfen, who encouraged me to improve myself and apply for this scholarship.
“It will help set me along a more advanced career path, which means I will be able to help the community here in Napranum even more.
“I believe it will also encourage other members of the community as well as my health worker colleagues to see what they can achieve.’’
Ms Hamerton said Mrs Lawrence was a worthy recipient of the scholarship and the health service wished her all the best in her studies.
“We will be backing her throughout the program,’’ she said.
Ms Hamerton said the Torres and Cape HHS was committed to improving employment and career options for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
“To this end, we have a comprehensive Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Workforce Strategy in place – both to increase the number of Indigenous people working in our health service and to improve the skills and career opportunities for those already working for us,’’ she said.
“We regard this program as an important investment in building the capacity of the Indigenous workforce within our health service’s region.’’