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ABORIGINAL HEALTH WORKERS UNDER PRESSURE: REPORT

Posted by PeterLain 
ABORIGINAL HEALTH WORKERS UNDER PRESSURE: REPORT
March 25, 2012 03:25PM
ABORIGINAL HEALTH WORKERS UNDER PRESSURE: REPORT
[www.abc.net.au]
By Myles Morgan

Posted March 22, 2012 12:56:54
Aboriginal health workers under pressure Photo: Research says many Indigenous health workers workers feel they are expected to do too much and their training is substandard.
Map: Darwin 0800

An Australian policy think tank says Aboriginal health workers are expected to do much more than they are trained for.

A Centre for Independent Studies paper says Indigenous health workers are often expected to do the job of a nurse, as well as being a community worker and translator.

Researcher Sara Hudson says federal, state and territory governments need to define the role and train workers appropriately.

"The general Aboriginal health worker role is quite a broad one," she said.

"There has been a lot of difficulty in actually defining what their responsibilities are.

"And because it is so broad, many Aboriginal people who are working as a health worker actually feel that they're a jack of all trades and they feel overburdened with all their responsibilities."

The paper says many Aboriginal people have made a "rational" decision not to become health workers.

The report says many workers feel they are expected to do too much and their training is substandard.

Ms Hudson says many Aboriginal people and health workers have decided to move to better paying jobs like nursing or mining.

"They can see that there is no real career structure with the role," she said.

"They can stay in the same position for a long time and not really receive better training or increase their career prospects, also better pay and so on.



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Re: ABORIGINAL HEALTH WORKERS UNDER PRESSURE: REPORT
March 27, 2012 12:33PM
This feedback might just be going to another weak and uninfluencial researcher seeking feedback but the situation is serious for both Aboriginal and TSI Health workers.

Almost all the time, IHW do not see their family for two months or more as they are moved from island to island or are continually visiting outer communities meaning they only speak to their young children and partner.

In relation to accommodation during work, the Indigenous health worker has to stay in overcrowded distant relatives homes compared to white staff who have their family dog, children and partners and a house provided for them.

It is ignorant of the Qld and Federal governments to think they can continue under these circumstances.
It is ignorant of the governments to say there are huge amount of Australian cases of mental health, diabetes, heart and disease problems and only talk about this decade after decade and maintain the ignorance of doctors and nurses of non-indigenous Australian heritage.

All staff need to access mental health services.
The indigenous staff particularly need to be flown off the communities away from work every 6 weeks or less as they need to re-centre themselves, meet their children and husband and holiday away from clients. Having time off on community gives them no relief.

Yes IHWs are working in every role once they get into a health worker role, as does most community services and health workers.
It's not a matter of the individual worker or manager getting organised as there is very little human resources available, no accommodation and no finances.

Janice 0411227785.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 03/27/2012 02:06PM by PeterLain.
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