Careers in health continue to provide Aboriginal people with the opportunity to become role models and contribute to the community’s health and wellbeing. There are opportunities for Aboriginal people to work in a variety of health roles across Victoria, including more opportunities to train and work close to home.
There are a number of programs, guidelines and frameworks that support organisations to increase Aboriginal employment and training opportunities in the health and community services sector.
Health careers for Aboriginal people
The Aboriginal health workforce is growing, with confident and capable professionals working across all disciplines of the health system in both clinical and non-clinical settings.
Since 2009 the department has:
- allocated more than 490 training grants to build the Aboriginal health workforce in Aboriginal and mainstream public health services, including nursing, allied health assistants, dental assisting, primary health, health promotion and management
- established the Victorian Aboriginal Nursing and Midwifery program
- partnered with the Commonwealth to develop and pilot a scope of practice tool for Victorian Aboriginal health workers
- engaged with the Commonwealth to develop 32 Aboriginal employment plans in medium to large Victorian public health services.
Opportunities for Aboriginal people in Victoria to gain a career in health are increasing through the department’s Koolin Balit: Aboriginal health workforce program 2014–17. A total of $7.928 million is being invested to grow, upskill and better utilise the Aboriginal workforce.
This investment will:
- support more training grants
- assist public health services to implement their Aboriginal employment plans
- support more Aboriginal cadetships to employment
- establish a Victorian Aboriginal early graduate nurse program
- strengthen human resource capacity in Aboriginal community-controlled health organisations
- increase supervision skills in culturally appropriate ways.