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More than 70 people recently attended an Open Day at a Sydney hospital where health jobs were promoted to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Mr Anthony Schembri, the Acting General Manager at Liverpool Hospital in Western Sydney, said that since 2009, the hospital has recruited and trained 79 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and placed them in positions within the hospitals and services of the Sydney and South Western Sydney Local Health Districts, including 29 at Liverpool Hospital.
'What we are most proud of is that after one year, our staff retention rate has remained at 97%, which is the highest figure nationally,' Mr Schembri said.
Mr Schembri believes one of the reasons for the high retention is the strong partnership developed between the Centre for Education & Workforce Development (CEWD), Yarn'n Aboriginal Employment Services and the two Health Districts, resulting in a substantial growth in the Aboriginal workforce.
'There is also an Aboriginal kinship network at the hospital - this is the traditional Aboriginal way of resolving issues. Like family, new and existing staff get together to provide support and I believe this is another reason retention is so high.'
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