The Aboriginal Workforce Unit (AWU) will host the NSW Health Good Health - Great Jobs 2017 Stepping Up Forum at the International Convention Centre (ICC), Sydney on Wednesday 22nd and Thursday 23rd March 2017. The Hotel Network have been contracted to manage the Forum. For information on the program, transport & accommodation options and to register please click on the title of this news item. The Forum aims to reaffirm NSW Health's commitment to 'Closing the Gap' in health outcomes for Aboriginal people across NSW. The theme of the 2017 Stepping Up Forum builds on the NSW Health Good Health - Great Jobs Aboriginal Workforce Strategic Framework 2016 - 2020 (the Framework) in "Taking the next step up in growing a strong and culturally supported Aboriginal workforce". Guest speakers will focus on evidence based models that showcase the variety of ways that NSW Health is working to improve the health and well-being of Aboriginal people, their families and communities by delivering culturally safe health services through engagement with the NSW Health Aboriginal workforce. Themes for breakout sessions will be the Framework's six key priority areas which are: Lead and Plan Aboriginal Workforce Development; Build Cultural Respect and Understanding; Attract, Recruit and Retain Aboriginal staff; Develop the capabilities of Aboriginal staff; Work with others to achieve workforce priorities and Track our achievements and improve our results.
The NSW Health Good Health - Great Jobs: Aboriginal Workforce Strategic Framework 2016 - 2020 (the Framework) was released in November 2016. 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.
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 for NSW Health (the Guidelines) provide a framework for defining, implementing and supporting Aboriginal Health Worker roles in NSW. The Aboriginal Workforce Unit (AWU) has identified a need to better promote and socialise the Guidelines across NSW among a specific target audience. AWU are promoting the Guidelines through Guidelines Workshops across NSW in 2016. An external consultancy firm has been engaged to facilitate the Workshops in partnership with local Managers Aboriginal Workforce Development (MAWDs) where available.
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.