1. What is your role at Monash Health, and what does it entail?
Head of Social Work and Spiritual Care. I have operational responsibility for Social Work and Spiritual care in the acute and sub-acute settings and professional governance responsibilities for all Social Workers and Spiritual Care practitioners at Monash Health.
2. You’re in the Aboriginal Health Working Group, can you tell me why you’re passionate about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health and Employment at Monash Health?
By providing a range of employment opportunities, that are culturally sensitive, we can help improve the overall health and well being of our communities and create long term, systemic change.
3. What does the Aboriginal Health Working Group do?
Helps drive the strategy for ensuring we are providing a culturally sensitive environment for our patients and staff and to ensure that we have a range of initiatives and programs that meet the needs of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.
4. “Grounded in truth, walk together with courage” is the theme this year for National Reconciliation Week, what does this mean to you? It means that all Australians need to come together to truthfully and respectfully acknowledge the intergenerational impact historical practices have had on our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and work collaboratively to build a fair and just future.
5. What does reconciliation mean to you, and why is it important?
This says it all for me “A reconciled Australia is one where our rights as First Australians are not just respected but championed in all the places that matter …” Kirstie Parker – Board Member, Reconciliation Australia
National Reconciliation Week runs annually from 27 May – 3 June and a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements.
At Monash Health, we are working towards closing the gap with the support and guidance of the Aboriginal Working Group. The membership is made of representations from each are/unit/department:
- Aboriginal Health
- Allied Health
- Children’s Program
- Early in Life Mental Health Services
- Health Information Services
- Monash Community
- Nursing and Midwifery Education and Strategy
- Patient Experience
- People and Culture
- Public Affairs and Communication
- Social Work and Spiritual Care
- Women’s and Newborn Program
For more information on the events organised by the working group, click here.