Viable and equally sustainable employment is crucial for anyone seeking a reasonable quality of life (Bronwyn, 2017) As such several Indigenous Employment and Capability Strategies (IECS) coupled with imperative REM principles have been established to perpetuate and enact policy recommendations that ensure indigenous people engage more actively in the workplace as much as their non-indigenous counterparts. This they accomplish via implementing various initiatives that align with specific outcomes. They include workplace support, retention, development and recruitment (Australian Government, 2019).
Necessitate Funding for Job Readiness Programs that Provide Vital Job Skills as well as Training to overcome Employment Barriers
Increased uncertainty over graduate labor employment in developed nations still looms over owing to political and economic forces (Jackson, 2019). An economic shift in the west, where manufacturing shifts to knowledge economies, transition from organizational to portfolio careers, increased casual works and contracts, disruption of the digital economy as well as undermployment is one of these forces (Committee for Economic Development of Australia [CEDA], 2015). According to Karmel & Carroll (2016), more undergraduates are getting employed in areas that do not utilize their formal education qualifications. It is, therefore, crucial that the involved stakeholders provide and adequately fund work-preparedness programs for indigenous workers, particularly nurses, to enhance respect and competence among workers of different ethnicity. This will also mitigate the employment barriers that they face.
ALOs, or professionally referred to as Aboriginal Liaison Officers, have a principal responsibility of culturally, emotionally and socially supporting all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. In essence, ALOs act as the necessary link between the council, among other entities and common indigenous individuals. They achieve these by facilitating active participation and or engagement of the indigenous people with the medical team. Advertently thanks to the efforts made by ALOs, indigenous cancer patients are receiving better follow-up treatment services, which have immensely improved survival over time(Witt et al, 2018) In the long run, this has allowed for effective sharing and engagement of indigenous people in the workplace. Accordingly, awareness on the role of the ALOs and its existence should be enhanced across the diverse healthcare facilities.
It is highly recommendable that educational facilities and other amenities are made easily available for all indigenous people including, the Health Education and Training Institute (HETI). Statistical data shows that globally, indigenous people make up to five percent of the world population and ironically, they constitute a massive fifteen percent of the world’s extreme poor. According to Consentino(2016), this can be attributed to the sub-par education that these individuals have access to. To change this trend, the government should ensure at least 90% of SGH social workers have completed HETI. It would also be better if they incorporate yearly online indigenous culture refresher programs, where both indigenous and non-indigenous people are able to share information, work together and move forward towards change in a culturally safe and effective relationship.
To this end, it is vividly clear that for indigenous individuals to achieve equal employment rights and privileges, more still needs to be done. Although many stakeholders have put in the much required effort, change has been witnessed trivially. Efforts orchestrated by IECS also have not been as successful as expected. However, with the introduction of vital REM principles some of which have been highlited above, there are high expectations that indigenous and nonindigenous individuals may all benefit immensely by showing utmost respect, active participation and great initiative to move forward.
Australian Government. (2019). Indigenous Employment and Capability Strategy 2016-2019. Retrieved from https://www.environment.gov.au/system/files/resources/6da4d3d0-6511-44b0-98f4-f2d6c4d26486/files/indigenous-employment-capability-strategy-16-19.pdf accessed at 12th May 2020
Bronwyn. E. (2017). Access to sustainable employment and productive training: workplace participation strategies for Indigenous employees. Australian Aboriginal Studies, 12(2), 27-42
Consentino, G. (2016). Indigenous peoples have a right to quality education. But so far, we’ve failed them. Retrieved from https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2016/08/indigenous-people-have-a-right-to-quality-education-but-so-far-we-ve-failed-them/
Jackson, D. (2019). Student Perceptions of the Development of Work Readiness in Australian Undergraduate Programs. DOI: 10.1353/csd.2019.0020
Witt. A, Cunningham. F, Bailie. R, Percival. N, Adams. J, Valery. P, (2018) “It's Just Presence,” the Contributions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Professionals in Cancer Care in Queensland. Doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2018.00344
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