PORTLAND District Health (PDH) hosted an afternoon tea on Tuesday to welcome the next stage in the Aboriginal Employment Plan proposed for the hospital.
Lorraine Parsons, who works in the Aboriginal Health Branch in the Department of Health, presented PDH chief executive officer Chris Giles and board chairman Mike Noske with the statement of intent to Close the Gap.
The Close the Gap initiative is a part of the State Government’s Karreeta Yirramboi project which aims to improve public-sector employment and career development outcomes for Aboriginal people.
A part of the hospital’s commitment, Ms Giles said, was to draw young Aboriginal candidates in for health cadetships and traineeships as well as other specialised areas in the healthcare sector.
“I’m really keen to move them into areas such as physiotherapy and nursing and really demonstrate that we are a capable, safe, partnering organisation,” Ms Giles said.
Read the full story in Friday’s Portland Observer.