HealthWest staff and partners observed that the health and community workforce often did not reflect the diversity of our community in Melbourne’s west.
This issue was important for HealthWest partners because it translates into better and more inclusive care and more equitable employment outcomes for the local community.
In 2017 the Standards for Workforce Mutuality were developed to address this “diversity gap”.
Workforce Mutuality is a term adopted by HealthWest which describes
how much the diversity of an organisation or a sector’s workforce reflects the actual diversity of the community
The standards were designed to provide organisations with guidance informed by evidence and good practice.
The Standards were developed in consultation with an expert advisory panel including representatives from peak state-wide organisations, universities, the Commonwealth Bank and HealthWest members.
In 2018 the Standards and associated tools were piloted with five HealthWest members to determine their effectiveness and useability. Participating members met over four months piloting two Standards each, including a self-assessment and development of an actionable workplan. External consultants evaluated the pilot through stakeholder interviews.
The pilot assisted participants to identify actionable improvements and led to actual change in culture, systems and practice.
Participants reported the tools were
- met their intended purpose
- effectively promoted the adoption of workforce mutuality practices.
The pilot demonstrates there is a need and interest in our sector in Melbourne’s west to shape a future workforce which reflects the actual diversity of the community.
HealthWest continues to promote the Standards in 2019.
For more information
Tanya Sofra, Systems Integration Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org