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A health workforce to address Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health

Goal

The workforce program currently has three goals:

  1. to develop knowledge, tools and resources that will enable end-users (policymakers, health services and community) to enhance the capability of the health workforce to be effective in the delivery of all aspects of health care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  2. to develop knowledge, tools and resources that will enable end-users (policymakers, health services and community) to provide culturally competent and safe working environments that facilitate entry and career pathways for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the health and health research workforce
  3. to build and strengthen the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research workforce.

Scope

Program 2 is driven by the need to know how to better grow and sustain a health workforce to address Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health needs across the health system. This program will initiate, support and resource the development of new knowledge and capability in the development of the health and health research workforce. It will be cognisant of the significant policy work in this area as well as the key role played by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peak professional bodies. A key principle underpinning this program is that the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workforce has a key role to play in closing the gap in health outcomes by making services more culturally appropriate and accessible by bringing a unique understanding to health delivery for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

This program addresses several dimensions, including:

  • a workforce of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, across health settings and professions with a particular focus on the health research workforce
  • a workforce for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, meaning the availability, distribution, training and support of a culturally competent workforce servicing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health across the health system.

Initial priorities

Building on lessons from predecessor CRCs and, in particular, the long-term commitment to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research workforce development, the following initial priorities have been identified:

  • career development - building the evidence for successful demand focused policy and programs
  • building workforce cultural competence
  • an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research workforce.
Created: 17 March 2015 - Updated: 19 September 2018