This is the first national survey of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health staff across all professions, roles and locations. The survey was designed to better understand the development needs and career pathways within the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workforce to inform strategies to improve employment, retention and career opportunities and add further data to that which is captured by routine workforce surveys.
- The data shows that while some health service employees report being provided with good opportunities to develop their careers, others do not. There are also a number of barriers to career development identified and some differences by employee and employer characteristics.
- A key challenge for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander managers in both community-controlled and government health services is the recruitment, support, development and retention of a suitably skilled Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health professional workforce to meet the health and wellbeing needs of their local community.
- Career development and pathways for advancement for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health staff across all professions, roles and locations should be a priority for government, the community-controlled sector, professional associations, other peak bodies and policy makers.