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Moving beyond the frontline: Working to enable Indigenous leadership in the health system

Moving beyond the frontline: Working to enable Indigenous leadership in the health system

In partnership with Wujal Wujal Aboriginal Shire Council (WWASC), WorkAbility was invited to present at the National Conference on Indigenous Health Workforce Leadership: Moving Beyond the Frontline in Brisbane on 2 November 2018.

Sponsored by the UQ Poche Centre for Indigenous Health, the conference examined the critical success factors for enabling Indigenous leadership across the health system, with a focus on changing the narrative – what will it take to enable Indigenous health professionals to rise into these positions?

Far North Queensland WorkAbility Co-ordinator, Dr Deb Selway, presented the Wujal Wujal Workforce Pilot #ProperStrongWay session to an audience of 70, in collaboration with WWASC CEO, Eileen Deemal-Hall.

“It is very important to have a comprehensive strategic plan when rolling out the NDIS into remote communities,” Dr Selway said.

“One size does not fit all, and in-depth consultation is the key to ensuring the successful delivery of NDIS services throughout remote Far North Queensland.”

Part of this work involves identifying potential NDIS Participants living in community, in the first instance, and then evaluating the types of training and services required to respond to NDIS Participant needs in community.

“The NDIS needs to be introduced into remote indigenous communities in #ProperStrongWay to ensure the greatest benefit for people with a disability and their families living in community,” Ms Deemal-Hall said.

“That means ensuring culturally appropriate NDIS participant engagement, and in-depth consultation with Elders, health professionals and Councils to build a strong and on-going local workforce for the delivery of NDIS services in remote communities.”

NDIS assessment training for GPs and health professionals is also another part of the pilot plan currently underway, in collaboration with PHN North Qld, to enable health professionals to be able to assess potential NDIS participants in a culturally-appropriate way in line with NDIS assessment protocols.

If you wish to find out more about the program, please contact Far North Queensland WorkAbility Co-ordinator Dr Deb Selway.


(Photo credit: Jackson Canuto. Photo courtesy of UQ Poche Centre for Indigenous Health.)

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