The Workforce Development unit focuses on the training and professional development of health professionals employed within both the Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Sector and mainstream health care setting.
The Workforce Development Unit consists of two distinct areas:
The Training and Development Centre
Addressing current workforce issues and planning for future workforce demand
AHCWA’s Training and Development Centre has been consolidated to include several programs that focus on the training and development of health professionals within the health care setting. These programs are aimed at improving service delivery to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community.
The core programs delivered are focused on:
Primary Health Care
Certificate III in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care Work.
Certificate IV in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care Work (practice)
Orientation training for the Outreach workforce
Tobacco Cessation Skill set
Ear and hearing health training
Cultural Safety Training
Cultural Safety Training aims to improve the quality of service delivered by health care providers to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and the experience of service for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Ultimately, Cultural Safety Training should lead to better health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
The materials in these Modules are designed as a support for immediate and future action. It is not intended to cover all concepts, nor all important topics. It covers a range of topics relating to Cultural Safety with which health care professionals working in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health should be familiar.
The five modules consist of:
Module 1 (Compulsory)
Introduction to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health designed to help health professionals understand the historical and cultural context of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health care.
Better Consultations designed to help health professionals improve their communication with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the context of the consultation, including activities around Identification methods.
Prevention and Health Checks designed to focus on prevention, Medicare items for preventative health checks and addressing the challenge of the burden of chronic disease in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
Linking with other Service Providers designed to help health professionals adopt a comprehensive primary health care approach to the care of Aboriginal people.
Leadership in Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Health designed to help health professionals gain the skills and motivation to get involved in partnerships for better primary health care of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
WA General Practitioner Education and Training (WAGPET)
A major component of WAGPET is to promote the benefits of becoming an Indigenous Health Training Post and work with Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services to meet the Australian General Practitioner Education and Training criteria.
Currently there are nine Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations within Western Australia that are accredited Indigenous Health Training Posts. This is an important mechanism for training General Practitioner registrars in Aboriginal health and increasing the ability of mainstream services to address the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
The other major component of is education. This education is offered in the form of sessions provided to General Practitioner registrars and the development of promotional resources.
In the future the Training and Development Centre would like to broaden its scope to address areas such as:
Social and Emotional Wellbeing
Skill sets in other areas such as maternal health, child health and eye health
Workforce Information Policy Officer
It is through this portfolio that workforce issues and planning aim to be addressed. Currently there are a number of workforce initiatives being implemented that have required participation. These include:
Aboriginal Health Worker national registration
Supporting the professional development for the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) workforce
Health Workforce Australia national Aboriginal Health Worker project
Development of a national implementation plan to address the new Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Workforce Strategic Framework
National review of the health training package and the resources to deliver the Aboriginal Health Worker qualifications
This portfolio also provides input to a number of committees that are charged with the ongoing education and development of health professionals. This ensures that Aboriginal Hhalth is an integral part of this process.
A future area to be addressed through this portfolio is the engagement of secondary students in Aboriginal health training whilst in school to increase the uptake of further training.