The NSW Health Good Health - Great Jobs: Aboriginal Workforce Strategic Framework 2016 - 2020 (the Framework) is taking the next STEP UP in growing a strong and culturally supported Aboriginal workforce. The Framework aims to support local health districts, speciality networks and other NSW health organisations to grow and develop their Aboriginal workforce. The Framework shares the vision of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workforce Strategic Framework 2016 - 2020.
The NSW Health Aboriginal Health Worker (AHW) Workforce Forum is a state level forum that was introduced in 2000 to establish a voice for NSW Health AHWs employed across NSW Health Local Health Districts (LHDs) and Specialty Networks (SNs). The Aboriginal Workforce Unit (AWU), Workforce Planning & Development (WPD) Branch, Ministry of Health (MoH), in partnership with the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker Association (NATSIHWA), will host this Forum at the Hilton, Sydney CBD on Thursday, 25 and Friday, 26 (half day) October 2018. The Forum aims to support the NSW Health AHW workforce and have a positive impact on the delivery of current and future culturally safe health service delivery to Aboriginal people. The Forum is an opportunity to bring together NSW Health AHWs to collaboratively engage and share information on career pathways, professional development opportunities, their working environment and workforce initiatives. AHWs from across LHDs and SNs who are responsible for the delivery of clinical and non-clinical services and Managers of Aboriginal Workforce Development (MAWDs) are invited to attend. Other key stakeholders and subject matter experts will also be invited to network and share their knowledge and experience with AHWs. If you work in NSW Health as an Aboriginal Health Worker lease click on the title of this news piece to register for the Forum.
We have received some positive news in relation to facilitating diversity in government sector employment. The Government Sector Employment Rule 26, Employment of eligible persons, has been amended to include the whole government sector (including the NSW Health Service) in its scope. The updated GSE Rule 26 took effect on 1 June 2016. GSE Rule 26 allows agencies to target positions to ‘eligible persons’ who belong to one of the groups deemed to be disadvantaged in employment. This will remove the need to seek a separate exemption from the NSW Anti-Discrimination Board to target a position for eligible persons covered by the Rule. The Rule also allows for such modifications to recruitment and selection policies or procedures as are necessary to facilitate the employment of eligible persons in the agency. These changes will be incorporated into the review of PD2015_026, Recruitment and Selection of Staff to the NSW Health Service, which is currently underway.
The Aboriginal Health Worker Guidelines workshops across NSW Health local health districts and specialty hospital networks have been finalised. An overview report of the workshops has been developed by Francis Health in consultation with the Aboriginal Workforce Unit, NSW Ministry of Health.
About Stepping Up
Stepping Up is an online recruitment resource which has been specifically developed to support Aboriginal people interested in a career in public health to start their health journey.
Stepping Up clarifies the recruitment process for those seeking employment in NSW Health and addresses some of the challenges that can be experienced by managers recruiting to jobs.
NSW Health employees play a crucial role in contributing to and delivering health services to improve the health and wellbeing of the population of NSW. The engagement, support and growth of the Aboriginal workforce is crucial to ensuring the delivery of effective and culturally safe health services for Aboriginal people and communities.
Find out more about NSW Health's commitments and priorities to Aboriginal employment.