My name is Taneeka Hyatt and I am a new graduate registered midwife. I am a Gumbaynggirr, Bundjalung and South Sea Islander woman from Tweed Heads, NSW. I currently hold a transition to professional practice position at The Tweed Hospital, Tweed Heads NSW. When I began my studies as a student midwife, I was one of four Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students in my cohort. When I graduated I was the only Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander student standing there on graduation day.
Now being a registered midwife it has allowed me to reflect on my time as a Aboriginal student midwife. I would really love the opportunity to be a member of the CATSINaM Student and Early Career Advisory Committee as I believe that this is the next step in my journey. I did my time as a student and faced many hardships and would like to change this for other Aboriginal students so that retention rates are increased. I have been a full member of CATSINaM since 2015 & being a new graduate midwife I believe I have a lot of knowledge and advice that I could provide that would be beneficial for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student nurses and midwives. After going through four years of study and training, I seen a lot of things that affect Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander nursing and midwifery students and would love the chance to be apart of assisting and coordinating the change. I would also love the opportunity to represent and participate in CATSINaM activities and events.
Thank you considering my application,