Sep 19
Aboriginal health workers gather for forum

Aboriginal Health Workers from across New South Wales will gather in Dubbo on September 21-22 where they will network, exchange ideas and learn about innovative programs involving Aboriginal health professionals.

Up to 160 Aboriginal Health Workers and other health professionals will be attending the annual Aboriginal Health Workforce Forum being held in Dubbo over two days with this year’s theme being “Variety of Aboriginal Health”.

“The forum is a fantastic opportunity for Aboriginal health professionals to network and learn about innovative programs underway across the District,” said Western NSW LHD, Aboriginal Health Director, Ms Linda Williams.

“The forum is designed to facilitate sharing of information and gaining feedback on the Health Service’s strategies, programs, education and initiatives for Aboriginal health workforce,” she said.

“It is an excellent opportunity to inform and support front line staff, identify partnership opportunities and general networking across sectors.” Ms Williams said the Forum will feature a number of key speakers from a variety of fields.

“Closing the Gap in Aboriginal Health outcomes is a huge challenge ahead of us all, and one we take very seriously,” said Ms Williams.

“Front line Aboriginal health staff are critical to meeting this challenge. This Forum, in addition to professional development and specialist training, is another way in which we can support our workforce who really do a remarkable job,” she said.

A number of Aboriginal Health Workers will also be recognised for recently completing further training in Aboriginal Primary Health Care. “We’ll have a graduation ceremony for the staff that have completed their Certificate IV in Aboriginal Health Work (Community Care).”