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The Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives (CATSINaM) have appointed a new CEO.

Melanie Robinson, who has accepted the appointment, has been a director of CATSINaM for three years. She has worked clinically in nursing training and policy development and most recently held a senior position with the Western Australian Department of Health.

Ms Robinson said it was an honour to be part of such a vibrant and important organisation that advocates for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nurses and midwives.

Her priorities include growing the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nurses and midwives across Australia and ensuring the workforce is strongly supported.

“It’s important that we look at what is working within the universities, the vocational training sector and in terms of employment pathways, and translate these lessons more widely,” Ms Robinson said.

“I am looking forward to advocating for our members, engaging with national policy development, and building strong partnerships across the government and non-government sectors, and working with other peak bodies.

“I am also keen to continue the work of raising CATSINaM’s profile, at local, national and international levels.”