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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin
 

Indigenous: States and Territories

2011

New South Wales Department of Health (2011)

Aboriginal workforce strategic framework 2011-2015.

Sydney: Department of Health, New South Wales

The purpose of this document is to help the New South Wales (NSW) Department of Health achieve its goal of increasing the size of its Aboriginal workforce.

NSW Health aims to:

  • increase the number of Aboriginal employees to 2.6% across the NSW public health sector
  • increase the number of Aboriginal people working in all health jobs
  • develop partnerships between the health and education sectors to deliver real change for Aboriginal people wanting to enter the health workforce, and improve career pathways for existing Aboriginal staff
  • provide leadership and planning in Aboriginal workforce development
  • tap into the increasing pool of Aboriginal university graduates undertaking health courses
  • build a NSW health workforce which closes the gap in health outcomes between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people by providing culturally safe and competent health services.

This Framework is a tool to help NSW Health achieve these Aboriginal workforce goals. It assists NSW Health employees with:

  • planning
  • prioritisation
  • target setting
  • monitoring
  • reporting of progress in Aboriginal health workforce capacity building.

In 2011, Aboriginal people made up 1.8% of the NSW Health workforce. To achieve its goal of 2.6% representation, an increase of a further 1,400 Aboriginal employees is needed by 2015. This is the equivalent of an additional 280 people per year across NSW.

Abstract adapted from NSW Health

Western Australian Nursing and Midwifery Office (2011)

Aboriginal nursing and midwifery strategic plan 2011–2015.

Perth, WA: Western Australian Department of Health

2010

WA Country Health Service (2010)

WA Country Health Service Aboriginal employment strategy 2010-2014.

Perth: Government of Western Australia

2009

Ridoutt L, Pilbeam V, Lee K (2009)

Aboriginal health worker profession review: final report.

Darwin: Northern Territory Department of Health & Families

This report is an important review of the Aboriginal Health Worker (AHW) profession in the Northern Territory (NT). The review focuses on AHW workforce size and career structure, participation and progression.

The report was commissioned by the NT Department of Health and Families with agreement from the Liquor, Hospitality and Miscellaneous Union, as a result of discussions about the Enterprise Bargaining Agreement that covers Aboriginal Health Workers (AHWs).

The report makes a number of recommendations. These are about:

  • work role and organisation
  • workforce size
  • recruitment
  • training
  • professional development and ongoing support
  • professional representation
  • retention issues
  • role clarifications
  • the role of AHWs in acute care settings
  • induction and cultural awareness training for nursing staff
  • management practices.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Wilkinson L, Beattie N (2009)

Enhancing allied health services to rural and remote Indigenous communities.

Perth, WA: Western Australian Country Health Service

2008

Northern Territory Department of Health and Families (2008)

Strategic workforce plan 2008-2011: working together to strengthen our workforce.

Darwin: Northern Territory Department of Health and Families

2007

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Registered Training Organisation National Network (2007)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Registered Training Organisation National Network : strategic plan 2007 - 2010.

Adelaide: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Registered Training Organisation National Network

2005

South Australian Aboriginal Health Partnership (2005)

Aboriginal health, everybody's business : knowing the business : South Australian Aboriginal health indicators 2005.

Adelaide: South Australian Aboriginal Health Partnership

2004

South Australian Aboriginal Health Partnership (2004)

Aboriginal health - everybody's business: health workforce development: a South Australian strategy for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 2005-2010.

Adelaide: South Australian Aboriginal Health Partnership

 
Last updated: 4 July 2014
 
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