Journal article

Assessing the support of health leadership for increased Indigenous participation in the health workforce

Journal
Aboriginal employment Health practitioners Indigenous health Health Australia
Description

Abstract:

Objective: The aim of this study was to assess the strength of leadership statements in Australian state and territory policy documents supporting increased representation of Indigenous people in the health workforce.

Methods: Document analysis of leadership statements, prefacing state and territory Indigenous health workforce plans, from a relevant Minister or Head of Department was undertaken to detect the presence and level of ‘dependency messaging’: did the leadership statement clearly state that an Indigenous health workforce was needed to improve Indigenous health outcomes?

Results: Australian health leaders do not routinely use dependency messaging in state and territory Indigenous health workforce plans.

Conclusion: Greater alignment of state and territory Indigenous health workforce plans with contemporary diversity management knowledge could improve recruitment and retention of Indigenous peoples and, ultimately, Indigenous health outcomes.

Publication Details
Volume:
44
DOI:

10.1071/AH19262

License type:
CC BY-NC-ND
Pagination:
505–511