Message from Karen Lowe, Executive Director People and Culture

One step closer in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health

*Aboriginal means Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander

I would like to respectfully acknowledge the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung people as the Traditional Owners of the land on which we work and pay my respects to Elders past, present, and future.

This week is national NAIDOC Week, an opportunity to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

In our Equity and Inclusion Strategy we committed to the journey of working together with our Aboriginal peoples to promote reconciliation and close the gap in Aboriginal health. One of our key areas of focus has been developing a workforce that reflects our communities.

I am pleased to share that since introducing our Aboriginal Employment Procedure in September last year, we have welcomed 33 new Aboriginal employees to Monash Health. 52 of our employees now identify as Aboriginal, an increase of 174%.

It is a great start, but there is much more to do.

We will continue working with our Aboriginal communities to ensure that Monash Health is a culturally safe place. We will promote increased recruitment of Aboriginal peoples and provide support to enable Aboriginal peoples to achieve job satisfaction and meaningful careers with us.

In light of NAIDOC Week, let’s celebrate our achievements and continue to build on the relationships we share.

I encourage you to participate in the wide range of activities and events occurring across Melbourne and to support your local Aboriginal Community.

Karen Lowe