Aunty Fay Carroll Training Programs


Aunty Fay was committed to Closing the Gap in Aboriginal health through education and was a strong advocate for nursing as a career opportunity for young Aboriginal people. She challenged our health service to not only provide the best in patient care but also to promote employment opportunities.

Aunty was the Co-Chair on the St Vincent’s Dalarinji Aboriginal Health team alongside our CEO Associate Professor Anthony Schembri, and provided invaluable advice, support and mentorship to our health service in the delivery of care to Aboriginal people. She was an active member of our Aboriginal Health initiatives not just for our Darlinghurst campus, but nationally for SVHA reconciliation initiatives.

A gifted story teller, Aunty led many of our Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander events and regularly welcomed us to Country across our broader hospital-wide celebrations.

She played a huge role in helping shape the important work we do today to support our Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander patients and staff. Her contributions to our health service in mentoring, advising and supporting our Aboriginal Health work and patients are immeasurable.

At our 2018 Closing the Gap ceremony, our CEO A/Prof Anthony Schembri AM together with our Director of Nursing, Anna Thornton, announced the launch of the Aunty Fay Carroll Training Program, in her honour. 

Since then, the nursing program has been expanded to include:

  • Cert IV in Health Administration (HLT33115)
  • Cert III in Pathology (Collections) HLT 37215
  • Cert III in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander People (10650NAT)


About the Program

In collaboration with TAFE, St Vincent’s Hospital Aunty Fay Carroll Program aims to support and educate health care workers beginning their career. The program aims to provide staff who are undertaking relevant studies with education and support to enable confidence, skills and career development at St Vincent’s Hospital.

Upon completion of Stage 1 of the Aunty Fay Carroll Program, participants will have the knowledge and skills to work in:

  • Assistant in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant
  • Nursing Support Worker
  • Patient Services Attendant
  • Patient Support Assistant
  • Wardsperson
  • Pathology
  • Health administration
How it works

You will be required to attend Ultimo TAFE 3 days a week for 6 months and complete a number of work placement hours here at St Vincent's

Entry Requirements

To qualify, you must be:

  • Aged 16 years and older
  • Be of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander decent
  • Complete Criminal Record and Working with Children Check
  • Assistance with literacy and numeracy is available if required


For more information, please download our Information Guide here.