A Statement of Commitment was signed this afternoon that formalises a working partnership designed to build a highly skilled, sustainable and culturally responsive primary healthcare workforce for the Aboriginal and Islander community controlled health sector in Queensland.
Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council (QAIHC) Chairperson Elizabeth Adams signed the agreement with Health Workforce Queensland Chairman Emeritus Professor Robert Stable before 80 QAIHC Member representatives and invited guests at the QAIHC Annual Member Conference at the Brisbane Convention Centre.
Mrs Adams said the agreement was a significant milestone for QAIHC as it represented a shared vision to develop and retain a primary healthcare workforce that is committed to delivering excellence to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Queensland.
“Together, we recognise the need for a primary healthcare workforce that understands and values the fundamental and unique role of the Aboriginal and Islander community controlled health sector in Australia’s healthcare system,” Mrs Adams said.
“It is about ensuring primary healthcare services are planned, designed and delivered in accordance with clinical excellence and cultural practice so that healthcare services can effectively respond to the current and future needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities.”
Professor Stable said HWQ and QAIHC shared a vision for an optimal health workforce for Queensland’s Aboriginal and Islander community controlled health sector, particularly in remote and rural locations.
HWQ Chief Executive Officer Chris Mitchell said a formal working partnership facilitated a collaborative approach to deliver health workforce solutions for the betterment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities.
“Together we will be able to address the health workforce needs of the Aboriginal and Islander community controlled health sector; focusing on attraction, recruitment, retention and cultural competency. This too, is a landmark occasion for Health Workforce Queensland,” Mr Mitchell said.