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 Aboriginal Workforce Unit (AWU) hosted 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. 288 delegates attended the two day Forum with Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Health managers and staff working across all professions including clinical, non-clinical and leadership roles. For information about the presentations please visit the Aboriginal Workforce in Health web site or click on the title of this paragraph. The next Forum will be held in 2019.
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 organisations have been finalised. An evaluation report has been developed by the external consultants and provided to NSW Health. The report will be reviewed and will become part of the review of the Good Health - Great Jobs Aboriginal Health Worker Guidelines for NSW Health. A working party has been developed to review the Guidelines. Members consist of Aboriginal staff from four Local Health Districts, SVHN and the Aboriginal Workforce Unit in the Ministry of Health. The first piece of work is to develop Terms of Reference.
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.