3.22 Recruitment and retention of staff

This measure reports on the recruitment and retention of qualified clinical and management staff to provide effective health care to meet the needs of Indigenous Australians.

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Why is it important?

This measure reports on the recruitment and retention of qualified clinical and management staff to provide effective health care. The capacity to recruit and retain appropriate staff is critical to the appropriateness, continuity and sustainability of health services including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary health‑care services. Staff recruitment and retention is particularly important in regional, rural and remote areas because 65% of Indigenous Australians live outside the major cities (AHMAC 2017). Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations (ACCHO) are non‑government organisations operated by local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to deliver health care to communities that control them (NACCHO 2015). There are more ACCHOs than any other type of health service organisations in all remoteness areas, making them an ideal indicator for the scope of health‑care services for Indigenous Australians (AIHW 2016e).

Data sources

  • General Practice Statistics
  • National Health Workforce Data Set
  • Online Services Report Data Collection
  • Rural Workforce Agencies National Minimum Data Set
  • Service Activity Reporting

References

  • AHMAC 2017. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework 2017 report. Canberra: AHMAC
  • AIHW 2016e. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health organisations: Online Services Report—key results 2014–15. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health series no. 7. Cat. no. IHW 168. Canberra: AIHW.
  • NACCHO (National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation) 2015. About us. Canberra: NACCHO. Viewed 8 December 2015.