The Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives (CATSINaM) is the sole representative body for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nurses and midwives in Australia. CATSINaM’s primary function is to implement strategies to increase the recruitment and retention of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples into nursing and midwifery professions.
In 2015 the total number of nurses and midwives registered in Australia was 360,008. Of these 263,209 were registered as a registered nurse only, 59,429 were registered as an enrolled nurse only, and 3,591 were registered as a midwife only.
In 2015 there were 3,187 nurses and midwives employed in Australia who identified as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander. This represents 1.1% of all employed nurses and midwives who provided their Indigenous status.
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Are you aware of our latest policy statements? CATSINaM have recently released statements on:
- Birthing on Country
- Uniqueness of our workforce
- Methylamphetamine and other stimulants
You can download them here
Did you attend CATSIINaMs Cultural Safety Seminar in April 2016? You can read our report by clicking the link below or watch the recorded presentations by clicking onto our Vimeo
The CATSINaM International Indigenous Health Workforce Meeting on November 7th, held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, is a unique event with the theme of ‘unmasking our collective history and pride in our global identity’. It is the first time we have invited our First Nations’ nursing and midwifery sisters and brothers from other countries to meet with us in Australia so we can share our collective wisdom and experience in the provision of high quality and culturally safe services to our peoples. Speakers from Australia and abroad will explore topics relating to Indigenous knowledge, culture, experiences and identity in professional practice and health care.
The CATSINaM Student Day on November 6th 2016 , to be held at Novotel on Collins in Melbourne, continues the tradition we started in 2014 at the Perth conference, when we held our inaugural Student Day. It has proved to be a well-attended and highly valued event by students, supporting them to stay focused on achieving their dream of becoming a nurse and/or midwife.
The student day will be followed by our Hall of Fame Masquerade Gala Dinner ‘Unmasking our Heroes’ at the Crown Promenade where CATSINaM will induct our first inductee into the Hall of Fame. The evening will include a photo exhibition to ‘unmask our heroes’ and screen a short documentary on CATSINaMs history.