About the initiative
This program aims to:
- increase the supply of health workers and practitioners
- address health workforce shortages in rural, regional and remote Australia
- ensure a capable and qualified workforce.
To achieve this, we fund the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) to support training, work placements, and mentoring for health worker trainees.
NACCHO is leading the national roll out by training up to 500 First Nations health workers and practitioners. This will support the growth and sustainability of the Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations workforce.
NACCHO has strong relationships and systems in place with:
- Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations
- Aboriginal Community Controlled Registered Training Organisations member services
- the Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations sector.
Why this is important
This initiative supports the:
- National Agreement on Closing the Gap 2020
- National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan 2021-2031
- National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workforce Strategic Framework and Implementation Plan 2021-2031
- National Workforce Strategy
- Aged Care Workforce Strategy.
To increase the number of First Nations people in the health workforce, NACCHO will:
- support up to 500 First Nations trainees undertake Certificate III or IV accredited training as Aboriginal health workers or practitioners
- facilitate quality on-the-job placements in Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services
- provide mentoring and wrap around services to the trainees.