Diversity and Inclusion
Acknowledgement of Country
Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands of the Dharawal and Yuin nations which encompass five language groups; Wadi Wadi, Dharawal, Wandandian, Walbanga and Yuin. It pays respects to the wisdom of Elders both past and present, and Aboriginal communities of today.
Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District (ISLHD) has an ingrained culture of diversity and inclusion. Our culture is made up of our people’s attitudes and behaviours, which reflect our shared values, experiences and aspirations. Everyone has the opportunity to succeed irrespective of ethnicity, generation, flexible work status, sexual orientation or disability. Our culture influences how we interact with our colleagues, patients and the broader community.
We believe our diversity of thought, backgrounds and experiences strengthens relationships and delivers meaningful benefits to our people, patients and community. It also makes ISLHD a vibrant and interesting place to work.
ISLHD is committed to the provision and support of an inclusive, diverse workplace.
The District acknowledges the unique and valuable role played by Aboriginal members of the health community and as such has devised an Aboriginal Employment Strategy. The Aboriginal Employment Strategy focuses on three key action areas of Recruitment, Recognition and Retention which is underpinned by strengthening and supporting organisational culture.
The Strategy, aligned to the NSW Good Health – Great Jobs: Aboriginal Workforce Strategic Framework 2016 - 2020 is a commitment designed to respect, engage and grow a culturally safe workplace across the public health sector in clinical, non-clinical and leadership roles for Aboriginal people.
Stepping Up is NSW Health’s online recruitment resource for Aboriginal applicants and hiring managers. The resource supports the NSW Ministry of Health’s commitment to growing the Aboriginal workforce across the public health sector and also offers information on career opportunities in health and advice to new starters to ease the transition to NSW Health.
Stepping Up aims to assist Aboriginal job applicants understand how to apply for roles in NSW Health by clarifying the recruitment process and addresses some of the challenges that can be experienced by hiring managers so they can more effectively structure recruitment to roles within NSW Health.
Reconciliation- A Respectful Culture Plan
ISLHD is one of the largest employers in the region and we have a responsibility, both to our employees and our community, to ensure we recognise, value and strive for diversity within our workforce.
The ISLHD Reconciliation- A Respectful Culture Plan is the first of its kind for the Local District (LHD). The Plan is seen as a key stepping stone to improving relationships, respect and opportunities with our Aboriginal community within the Illawarra Shoalhaven region. Future Reconciliation- A Respectful Culture plans will build on the progress of this one and reinforce ISLHDs commitment to improving Aboriginal Community engagement in all aspects of the LHD.
Equal employment opportunities
People with a disability have equal rights to employment in ISLHD. Our workplace culture values and supports people with a disability, and enables individuals to identify their disability without fear of discrimination.
ISLHD is also working to increase opportunities for staff with disabilities, and staff who are carers for someone with a disability, by determining issues relating to support needed to minimise / remove barriers for advancement and to maximise retention.