Youth Outreach Project Wellness Worker Learner receives the Trainee/Apprentice of the Year Award at Dubbo NAIDOC Ball


Stevie Carr, a Dubbo local employed as a Wellness Worker Learner with Marathon Health and currently placed at local partner host employer Orana Support Service in Dubbo, took home the Yilabara Apprentice/Trainee of the Year Award at the Dubbo NAIDOC Ball in December last year.

As Wellness Worker Learner, Ms Carr is gaining valuable, practical experience whilst completing her Vocational Certificate III in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health. Her position is part of the Aboriginal Workforce Development Initiative pillar of the Youth Outreach Project.

Western NSW Primary Health Network (WNSW PHN) has commissioned Marathon Health to co-design the Youth Outreach Project, which aims to create pathways to support for young people in small communities across our region who don’t have easy access to a headspace centre. This project is currently in the co-design phase, with the service expected to be operational by mid 2024. WNSW PHN funding is supporting 10 learners to undertake study and training, building the regional workforce capacity to deliver the service when it’s ready for implementation.

Ms Carr is part of the Tenancy Support Team at Orana Support Service and has been actively involved in supporting families to find sustainable housing and working collaboratively with existing services within the Dubbo area.

Ms Carr commenced her role in September 2023, and in just a matter of months was recognised for her hard work, dedication, and commitment to support families by her supervisor and colleagues and was nominated for the Yilabara Apprentice/Trainee of the Year Award.

As part of her acceptance speech, Ms Carr expressed appreciation for the accolades, the award and acknowledgement from her colleagues at Orana Support Service.

WNSW PHN congratulates Stevie Carr on this incredible achievement and look forward to seeing how she continues to support families through her role.

Learn more about the Youth Outreach Project here.