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Metro South Health has launched a new strategy to improve employment, training and development opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
The Pathways to inclusion: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Workforce Strategy 2018-2022 (PDF, 3.32 MB) was launched during NAIDOC Week celebrations at Princess Alexandra Hospital on Monday.
Chief Executive Dr Stephen Ayre said the strategy aimed to increase Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander representation in the organisation's workforce from one to 3.5 per cent over four years.
“That’s an ambitious goal, but a goal we are committed to achieving,” Dr Ayre said.
“Greater representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in workforce can only improve patients’ experience and promote the culturally respectful, quality care we provide.
“With a more diverse workforce, all our employees share in the benefits of greater engagement, greater empowerment and greater innovation through hearing a range of different perspectives.”
The strategy includes a range of specific actions, which include:
Dr Ayre said he wanted Metro South Health to become an employer of choice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
“More Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees bring to their work rich cultural insights and community connections,” he said.
“These are the very insights and connections we need to drive improvement in access to our healthcare services and lift healthcare outcomes for the communities we serve."
Metro South Health has the largest Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population among Queensland's 17 hospital and health services.