Delivering a Healthy WA
Aboriginal Health

Aboriginal Workforce

In Western Australia Aboriginal people represent only one per cent of the 40,000 strong WA Health workforce. It is acknowledged that more Aboriginal staff are essential to address the significant health issues faced by Aboriginal people.

WA Health's Aboriginal Employment Framework

WA Health is strongly committed to increasing the representation and influence of Aboriginal people at all levels across its workforce. It will achieve this by fostering a workplace culture that supports and respects the knowledge of its Aboriginal staff.

The current Aboriginal Employment Framework (2008-2013) has guided area health services in the development of Aboriginal recruitment, training and retention strategies.

Next steps

The current Aboriginal Employment Framework will expire in August 2013. Aboriginal Health will work closely with all areas across WA Health to determine the new five-year Aboriginal Employment Strategy 2013 2018. Refer to document Strengthening our Aboriginal health workforce which outlines the key steps to progress the new plan.

Workforce resources

WA Health Aboriginal Employment Guide (PDF 587KB) - provides best practice principles and strategies for attracting, recruiting and retaining Aboriginal employees across WA Health.

Education and careers

Thinking of a job in health? Not sure what’s out there, or where to look?

Careers in Health: A Guide for Indigenous Students (PDF 775KB) – information for students, teachers and career advisors on:

  • health jobs
  • training maps illustrating pathways through TAFE and University education
  • providers offering qualifications in Western Australia

Aboriginal Cadetship Program


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