As the largest public health system in Australia, building a workforce that represents the community it serves is vital in delivering inclusive and responsive services.

The Diversity Inclusion Belonging guide provides the direction for public health organisations to ensure local diversity initiatives align with, and deliver, diversity and inclusion goals set out in the premier's priorities. The guide acknowledges the elements of diversity and inclusion, the positives that come from individual differences and recognises the crucial role a sense of belonging plays in delivering an effective, functioning, diverse and inclusive workplace. The NSW Health CORE values are reinforced in this resource.

Elizabeth Koff, the Secretary of NSW Health says, "I encourage you to explore the Diversity Inclusion Belonging guide. Together we can make NSW Health the best place to work and the best health service possible for the people of NSW". Read the Secretary's message.

How do we know we are on track? View Mapping our path to a diverse workforce.

Benefits of diversity

Attract talent

Create advocates of staff to attract future talent

Deliver the best health outcomes

An engaged workforce delivers the best health outcomes for our community

Respectful culture

Encourage a culture that reflects our CORE values and respects the differences each person can bring to our organisation

Understanding our community

A workforce that understands our community's needs

Increase staff retention

Support our staff to continue their professional development while maintaining a balanced life

Statement of commitment

NSW Health welcomes people from diverse backgrounds. We are committed to having a workforce that reflects the communities we serve.

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Gender balance in leadership

Gender balance in leadership provides organisations with a range of positive outcomes. Improving the number of women in leadership positions is not only considered good organisational practice, but also supports diversity in thoughts, experiences, knowledge, ideas and perspectives.

Read the gender balance in leadership strategy View more strategy resources
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Case study: Employ-my-ability

Employ-my-ability is a multi-award winning transition-to-work training program for school leavers with significant intellectual disability. It has been in place in Sydney Local Health District (SLHD) since 2008 when Royal Prince Alfred (RPA) Hospital partnered with a local disability training and employment agency, Jobsupport.

Read more about Employ-my-ability

Further information and resources are available

Download the full version of the Diversity Inclusion Belonging Guide

PDF of Diversity Inclusion Belonging Guide
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Page Updated: Tuesday 22 September 2020