|Recommendation 1||The Department of Health and Ageing rename the Package a “Workforce Development and Support” Package and revise the overall goals of the Package to better reflect the scope of the Package inclusive of supporting a pathway into health careers, a culturally safe learning environment, high quality Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student and workforce support and increasing knowledge of non-Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients.|
|Recommendation 2||The Department of Health and Ageing treat the funding under the Package in a more cohesive and comprehensive manner by implementing a common approach to the development of goals and objectives and by ensuring that each funded organisation has a clear understanding of the overall goals and objectives of the Package, and each organisation’s contribution to building Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workforce capacity. This should include bringing together all the organisations funded under the Package to outline goals and foster cooperative working relationships, identify opportunities for synergy and avoid duplication of effort.|
|Recommendation 3||The Department of Health and Ageing consider separate funding to organisations (external to the Package) with established linkages to schools to undertake projects or programs of work that focus on encouraging school aged Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to take up careers in the health sector.|
|Recommendation 4||The Department of Health and Ageing actively work with the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) and the Department of Industry, Innovation, Science Research and Tertiary Education (DIISRTE) to embed adult numeracy and literacy education capacity in registered training organisations providing health and community services vocational training for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.|
|Recommendation 5||The Department of Health and Ageing take a consistent approach to the development of goals and performance indicators for its funding of the membership-based organisations (and ATSIHRTONN) including some common indicators relevant to:
- Governance and management
- Strategic and business planning
- Policy development
- Communication strategy
- Mentoring data
|Recommendation 6||The Department of Health and Ageing consider funding a project aimed at ensuring the quality and effectiveness of teaching and learning of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health in nursing and midwifery education, as well as best practice in the recruitment and retention of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nursing and midwifery students.|
|Recommendation 7||The Department of Health and Ageing actively work with the Department of Employment, Education, and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) to identify sustainable funding linkages and overlaps that will enable funded organisations to directly link with key relevant university and VET sector committees to progress strategies and activities to support:
- Training pathways for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health students including articulation between VET and university course;
- Retention in training; and
- Including of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health curriculum
|Recommendation 8||In recognition of the varying jurisdictional priorities and scope of the WIPOs:
- Performance indicators continue to be developed and agreed at a jurisdictional level to ensure consistency with local priorities and policy contexts, while referencing the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workforce Strategic Framework.
- The outcome of negotiations regarding the development of performance indicators are agreed between state and territory offices of the Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health and the Health Workforce Division within the Department of Health and Ageing.
- Reporting requirements are drafted to reflect agreed performance indicators.
|Recommendation 9||The Department of Health and Ageing review reporting requirements to ensure that reports are meaningful and provide relevant information for monitoring purposes for both the organisation and Department, and for policy development.|
|Recommendation 10||In the current climate of significant health system reform, the introduction of national registration and accreditation standards for health professions (inclusive of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practitioners), and establishment of national partnership agreements targeting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health – many of which have workforce implications - the Department of Health and Ageing needs to establish a more robust, sustainable and stronger two-way communication strategy between central office in Canberra, state and territory OATSIH offices and the Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health to ensure activities are strategic and integrated, and blockages (inclusive of workforce) are identified early, such that mitigation strategies can be developed in a timely manner.|