How we support the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workforce

We fund programs that develop the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workforce. This improves access to culturally safe and appropriate health care.

Policy work

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workforce Strategic Framework and Implementation Plan 2021–2031

Governments and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community-controlled health sector have co-designed a new National Workforce Plan. Its full name is the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workforce Strategic Framework and Implementation Plan 2021–2031.

The National Workforce Plan supersedes our previous National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workforce Strategic Framework 2016–2023. It combines a refreshed strategic framework and implementation plan into one document.  

By 2031, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people will represent 3.43% of the Australian working age population (ages 15 to 64). The National Workforce Plan’s target is to increase Indigenous employment in the health workforce to reach the same level (3.43%) over the next decade.

The plan focuses on attracting, recruiting and retaining Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the health workforce across Australia. It supports policy reforms, including the:

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workforce Strategic Framework and Implementation Plan 2021–2031

Co-designed with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, this plan's target is for First Nations people to be fully represented in the health workforce by 2031. It includes actions to attract, recruit and retain workers across all roles, levels and locations within the health sector.

Initiatives and programs

See a list of programs we fund to develop Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workforce.

Also see our page on jobs and scholarships for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workforce.

Who we work with

To grow the capacity of the Indigenous health workforce, we work with organisations that:

  • provide advice and support to their specific health workforce
  • take part in developing and implementing Indigenous health workforce policies, priorities and programs
  • are working to increase the cultural capability of the broader health workforce.

We provide funding to the:

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet

We provide core funding to the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet. The HealthInfoNet provides easy access to research and knowledge about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health. It includes sections on:

Consultations

We regularly consult the Australian public about issues that affect health. Check our consultations hub for details of any currently open consultations for the health workforce related to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health.

Contact

Indigenous health workforce contact

Contact us with questions about our work to support the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workforce.

indigenoushealthworkforce [at] health.gov.au

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Last updated: 
13 March 2022

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