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Planning a diverse and inclusive workforce: Develop workforce in a cultural context – Phase 2

I would like to invite you to participate in an important part of an innovative program called Develop Workforce in a Cultural Context.

Develop Workforce in a Cultural Context has been developed by the Health and Community Services Workforce Council (Workforce Council) in collaboration with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders. As part of the Strengthening our sector strategy 2016-2019, the Queensland Family and Child Commission have partnered with the Workforce Council to deliver this pilot program in Gympie, with the second phase to be held on 2nd and 9th November. For this phase, we are targeting people of influence and change makers in organisations who are committed to building and creating culturally safe services and workplaces across our sector.

Phase 1 of the program, held in September, helped participants gain an understanding of the impacts of colonization and how those impacts still affect people, service delivery and the workforce today.  The second phase builds on this understanding to highlight the benefits of workforce diversity and the unique contributions that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples can make to delivering quality services to children, families and communities.

Services that are reflective of the communities they serve, are culturally safe and draw on the skills, knowledge and connections of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people will increase their capacity to engage well with children and families and contribute to closing the gap in over representation.

Considering and working towards cultural capability at an organisational level will enable organisations to become employers of choice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.  To become an employer of choice, organisations need to critically reflect on their structures and processes around attraction, retention and development of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. This program provides an opportunity to do just this.

This phase of Develop Workforce in a Cultural Context is about exploring cultural capability at the organisational level.  It’s about working with others, using a workforce planning framework to consider strategic and operational workforce needs, and creating practical strategies to meet these needs and achieve more culturally safe service provision.

If you are a leader with responsibility for HR, organisational development or learning and development, or if you’re a champion of inclusion initiatives within your organisation, we would like to see you at Phase 2 in November.  It isn’t essential to have attended phase 1 but we welcome phase 1 participants to join us.

If you would like more information please call Rona or Chris at the Workforce Council on 1800 112 585.  You can find out more here – https://develop-workforce-in-a-cultural-context-gympie.eventbrite.com.au

Anna Moynihan, Acting CEO, Health and Community Services Workforce Council and our partners at Queensland Family and Child Commission