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This project, developed by the federal Department of Health and Ageing, aims to attract more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to work in Indigenous health. The project recognises that an increase in the number of skilled and semi-skilled people working in Indigenous health is necessary to improve Indigenous access to quality health care and to make the Australian health system more responsive to the health needs of Indigenous people. This project directly supports the Indigenous health National partnership agreements and is a key element of the Australian Government's $805.5 million Indigenous chronic disease package to tackle chronic disease amongst Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
The components of the Attracting more people to work in Indigenous health project include:
The national advertising campaign, which is a key component of this project, was launched on 24 July 2011 by the Minister for Indigenous Health, Warren Snowdon.
Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health (OATSIH)
Closing the Gap: Indigenous Chronic Disease Package
Australian Department of Health and Ageing
GPO Box 9848
Woden ACT 2601
Ph: (02) 6289 1555
The Health heroes website shares real stories of Indigenous Australians working in the health sector, with the aim of attracting Indigenous students to consider careers in Indigenous health.
The website describes a range of careers available and how to get a job and qualifications. There are television and radio profiles of Aboriginal role models working in Aboriginal health. The Health heroes campaign is part of the Attracting more people to work in Indigenous health project, developed by the federal Department of Health and Ageing. The website also provides information about financial support and scholarships for study and training.
Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract