Meet our Aboriginal Health Working Group: Sharron Pitchford

  1. What is your role at Monash Health, and what does it entail?

My role at Monash is the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment Co-ordinator which means that I look after all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander candidates who apply for roles at Monash health. I support, guide, assist, and help them with obtaining work here at Monash Health, I help design their resume, I offer role plays and interview techniques, I sit with them while they have their interviews, and offer my services to them in any way possible.

Being employed improves the health, living standards, and the social and emotional well-being of individuals, families, and communities. Employment not only brings financial independence and choice, but it also contributes to self-esteem.

My favourite part of my role is going on the journey with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants and watching their faces when they have been given the role is just magical.

  1. 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?

I have only been in this role for 8 months now and I am so proud of where this role has taken me. I have always been passionate about looking after my people and helping others see the importance of having Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people working for Monash Health. Monash Health want to make sure that we build a culturally safe space for our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community, patients, families, and employees, and that makes me proud of who I work for.

  1. What does the Aboriginal Health Working Group do?

Help make change when it comes to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

  1. “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 reconciliation has elements of truth, justice, forgiveness, healing, reparation, and love.

  1. What does reconciliation mean to you, and why is it important?

Reconciliation means acknowledging the past, present and future. Working together to achieve respect, trust and equality. An ongoing process that we all need to be committed to.

 

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.