The Victorian Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing Workforce Strategy
The Victorian Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing Workforce Strategy (Strategy) aims to support a strong and able workforce, across the Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisation (ACCO) sector, to deliver holistic health and wellbeing services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
This will improve health and wellbeing outcomes and improved health equity for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community in Victoria.
Victorian Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing Workforce Strategy
Rapid Desktop Review of the Strategy
10 Strategic Priorities
The Strategy outlines 10 strategic priorities as well as providing a coordinated framework and implementation plan to address the attraction, recruitment, retention, and development of the workforce – inclusive of clinical and non-clinical employment across all levels, roles, and functions.
1. Grow our own: Increase the number and proportion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people employed in the sector and across all levels, roles, and functions.
6. Value our knowledge: Value Aboriginal Ways of Knowing, Being and Doing.
9. Our choice, our way: Enable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to own our health and wellbeing.
Together with mainstream health and wellbeing services, education and training providers and government stakeholders, we can build a strong and sustainable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and wellbeing workforce in Victoria.
Other recommended reading and useful links
- Rapid Desktop Review – Victorian Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing Workforce Strategy 2022 – 2026
- VACCHO Statewide GP Workforce Strategy (2021-2031) – Whilst the Victorian Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing Workforce Strategy encompasses the whole of workforce, a specific GP focused strategy has been published which contains much overlap with the outcomes and action areas.
- On Solid Ground – five-year strategy focused on strength, sustainability and innovation for generational change.
- Balit Durn Durn – Strong brain, mind, intellect and sense of self – VACCHO’s report to the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System
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About the artwork
By Dixon Patten
Gunnai, Yorta Yorta, Gunditjmara, Dhudhuroa
The idea for the art is to focus on the value of Aboriginal knowledge and honouring our teachings and perspectives. The art has 3 figures, representing three generations. The process of learning and observing our elders’ wisdoms is crucial as they are the knowledge holders of culture, the figures are wrapped in a possum skin cloak that represents the wisdom.
The two figures behind are the workers, the ones who benefit from listening and observing and who are helping shape our contemporary existence and navigating new spaces but still being led by old wisdoms.
The various pathways lead to community and family and signifies our strong connections also, that culture is embedded within this land and we stem from such strong history and bloodlines.
The water behind the figures represents the ability to reflect and our culture teaches us to observe and listen whilst still in our flow.
The gum leaves represent growth on our journey and the stones represent stepping stones for our mob, we are empowered with each step through culture.