7 August 2020
It offers insights in addressing racism and other underlying attitudes such as unconscious bias and stereotyping, and in understanding of the impact of work overload and burnout, with the aim of creating culturally safe and responsive environments and practices that, in turn, will ensure the wellbeing of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workforce, the non- Aboriginal health workfor. [...] Its purpose is to provide insight and guidance to enhance the capacity of the health system to retain and support the development and careers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the health workforce. [...] This research highlights that the Aboriginal and Torres Strait workforce is very committed around family and community obligation responsibilities and that workforce members are very motivated to undertake training and development that will allow them to contribute to the health and wellbeing of their communities (whether locally or as part of a contribution to the broader Aboriginal and Torres St. [...] This type of support reflects the pressing need workers in both the ACCHO and government sectors described for having the opportunity to reflect on the demands of their role through the lens of being both a community member and a worker with particular cultural perspectives that may be challenged in the course of their work. [...] The importance of opportunity Managers and workers spoke frequently about the major impact that opportunities to join the health workforce via entry level and/or traineeships has in the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their capacity to contribute to the health care of their communities.