Deadly Start a head start in health for students

Metro North’s Deadly Start Trainees Caitie and Kodey are just two of 34 year 12-students working hands-on in health, taking on a one-year traineeship in their chosen fields.

The Deadly Start program, born from Metro North’s commitment to Closing the Gap, continues to give school students a head start in healthcare in roles including nursing, midwifery, oral health, food services and allied health.

Proud Wirajuri woman Caitie has almost finished up her Deadly Start traineeship at #RBWH’s Women’s and Newborns Services, where she’s been learning on the job ahead of commencing university study in midwifery next year.

“In my second week here I was watching this little Indigenous newborn baby and it just made me realise how much I wanted to be part of this side of healthcare and what I can offer as an Indigenous woman,” she said.

“It’s hard to explain but there’s a sense of connection between the community that I understand and it’s inspired me to work in the outback as a midwife when I finish my studies.

“My brothers and I had some health issues when we were babies, so I’ve always been drawn to helping little ones and I’ve loved the traineeship – I know I’ll love my career too.”

For 17-year-old Kodey, an opportunity in the food services team has given him first-hand experience working in a hospital setting.

“I’ve always been interested in food and nutrition and like doing stuff with my hands, so this was perfect for me,” he said.

“I like being here because it’s a safe place for me to learn and make mistakes, and there’s always something new to do each day.”

Metro North Health’s Deadly Start Education2Employment program is just one Closing The Gap commitment. To find out more on the program, check out this video here.