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Driving culture change to empower the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child and Youth Health (ATSIHW) workforce

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Heidi Atkins

Qld Child & Youth Clinical Network, Children's Health Qld, AU
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Introduction: ATSIHW face significant unique workforce challenges which hinder efforts to improve health for their communities.

Practice change: Extensive consultation led to the Qld Child and Youth Clinical Network (QCYCN) establishing a statewide governance model to drive workforce culture change.

Aim: To empower ATSIHW to drive change within their workforce & lead an integrated cultural shift toward respect & equity, enabling better health outcomes for ATSI communities.

Targeted stakeholders: ATSIHW, workforce managers, policy officers, ATSI communities.

Timeline: Consultation, Steering Committee established, governance model to be implemented, evaluation.

Highlights: Sustainable governance model for ATSIHW to minimise variability in care & facilitate clinical improvement; engaged, respected & supported ATSIHW workforce; stable workforce to deliver Close the Gap initiatives.

Sustainability: Appropriate compliance processes developed to ensure sustainability and accountability of governance model.

Transferability: This project will produce a proof of concept for a collaborative, sustainable approach to workforce governance that is transferable to other service areas & jurisdictions.

Conclusions: There is clear need to develop a sustainable & equitable ATISHW governance model which fosters statewide collaboration. Improvements in workforce will have a positive impact on health outcomes & Closing the Gap.

Discussions: The Steering Committee is the driving force to create a positive, cohesive and productive workforce culture. Through their leadership, a statewide governance model will be developed utilising strengths of the workforce & QCYCN, leading to better health outcomes for ATSI children, young people & families.

Lessons learned: Extensive consultation is crucial; understanding effective mechanisms for Indigenous leadership & cultural support will improve health care for ATSI children & youth; leveraging off established successful platforms enables change from ground up.

How to Cite: Atkins H. Driving culture change to empower the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child and Youth Health (ATSIHW) workforce. International Journal of Integrated Care. 2018;18(s1):107. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5334/ijic.s1107
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Published on 12 Mar 2018.

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