Soleil recently completed a Certificate IV in Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care Practice, and is now working toward a Diploma in Nursing.
Her training has given her the confidence to be an advocate for Aboriginal health care and undertake further studies.
As the mother of a two year old, 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 hand-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.
Soleil is a health worker at the Broome Regional Medical Service, and is enrolled at the University of Notre Dame where she is studying to be an Enrolled Nurse.
“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.