Over one hundred Aboriginal Health Workers and other health professionals from across NSW will gather in Dubbo on Tuesday 22nd and Wednesday 23rd October for the annual Aboriginal Health Workforce Forum.
District Manager Aboriginal Health, Western NSW Local Health District, Linda Williams said the forum has been a long standing event in Western NSW with strong support from local Health District executives.
“The forum endorses the commitment that our Health District has to closing the gap on Aboriginal health disadvantage and provides a great opportunity to showcase the excellent work that has been happening across our District,” said Ms Williams.
“Aboriginal health workers play a significant role in addressing the health disadvantage of Aboriginal people. They live and work in their communities and have a clear insight into the challenges of access to service delivery for Aboriginal people”.
Ms Williams said Aboriginal health workers are not only the cultural link, but also health professionals in their own right with over 90% of existing Aboriginal Health Worker workers holding the national Aboriginal Health Worker qualification.
The annual forum has become an essential initiative for networking, sharing best practice and professional education. The theme of this year’s forum is ‘In Our Backyard’”.
“It raises the importance of Aboriginal Health and contributes to our Health District’s efforts in ‘Closing the Gap’, as prioritised in its Strategic Health Services Plan,” said Ms Williams.
“It’s also an excellent opportunity to identify partnership opportunities, nurture new ideas and to build networks across health and human services sector”.
For more information please contact Western NSW Local Health District Director Aboriginal Health, Ms Linda Williams on (02) 6369 8019 or 0427 401 721