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Date posted: 11 April 2012
Numbers of Indigenous employees in Perth's South Metropolitan Area Health Service (SMAHS) will increase because of a new traineeship program launched last week.
The Aboriginal employment plan is increasing the number of Aboriginal employees by at least 100 across all areas of the SMAHS, which include Rockingham, Royal Perth, Fremantle, Kaleeya, Bentley and Armadale-Kelmscott Hospitals.
A new coordinating position has been created to ensure trainees receive cultural and professional support.
SMAHS Executive Director of Public Health, Karen Banks, said that Indigenous employees brought diverse knowledge, skills and understanding of their histories, traditions and culture to the health service.
These have a positive effect on the expectations Aboriginal patients have of health services.
Ms Banks said the plan, developed out of the service's Reconciliation action plan, was created in partnership with Aboriginal community members and Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal staff members.
Aboriginal trainee positions are being created and will be advertised in coming months.
Source: Mandurah Coastal Times
Aboriginal people interested in taking part in consultation activities should contact:
Ph: (08) 9431 0200