Focused development plans
As part of Caring for the Coast all staff are required to have goals and accountabilities that support the District’s strategic priorities of caring for our staff, patients, community, resources and future. Staff participate in establishing 30 and 90 day plans that detail the operational activities required to successfully complete their work.
The District’s Aboriginal staff participate in career planning activities such as Staff Network Days to identify career goals. A number of partner organisations also attend these workshops to facilitate discussion on how employee career aspirations could be achieved.
The Network Days and other forums start the conversation that identifies staff engaged as Aboriginal Health Workers who may be suitable for translation into Aboriginal Health Practitioner roles.
Aboriginal health worker supervision framework
Aboriginal Health Worker Guidelines for NSW Health was published in May 2014. The Framework delivers a comprehensive discussion on defining the roles and accountabilities for Aboriginal Health Workers and how these interrelate with employment and education arrangements across NSW Health. In particular the Guidelines also refer to the Decision Making Framework for Aboriginal Health Workers which describes how to determine appropriate scopes of practice and supervision.
Aboriginal leadership program
The NSW Public Service Commission (PSC) co-ordinates the Aboriginal Career and Leadership Development Program. The program is delivered over six days spanning four months by the Australian Graduate School of Management (AGSM) and usually involves a number of delivery modalities. The course is designed to support students to implement strategies to progress into executive and management roles within the public sector.
Aboriginal employee scholarships
A number of tertiary providers offer supported scholarships to assist Aboriginal students with their tertiary studies. For example, the University of Technology Sydney offers a Bachelor of Primary Health Care qualification (full time 3 year course) supported by up to 13 scholarships (with varying entry and selection criterion) to assist students working or planning a career working in community health for Aboriginal people.
Similarly the University of Newcastle prides itself on being the University with the largest number of Aboriginal students in Australia. Students are supported by the Wollotuka Institute across a variety
of courses of study.
The District continues to expand partnerships with education providers and promote learning opportunities to Aboriginal staff.