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Our Diverse Workforce

Aboriginal Workforce

We acknowledge and respect the Darug, Gundungarra and Wiradjuri people as the traditional custodians of the land covered by the Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District. We pay our respects to Elders past and present, to the local Aboriginal community and all Australians.

NBMLHD is committed to improving the Aboriginal health outcomes of our community by taking a proactive approach in developing and supporting our Aboriginal health workforce.

A key strategy that underpins this commitment is the employment and retention of Aboriginal health workforce employees through the implementation of Aboriginal identified and/or targeted recruitment processes and workforce initiatives aimed at attracting, supporting and retaining Aboriginal employees and achieving sustainable employment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

The District is committed to ensuring our Aboriginal workforce has access to ongoing professional development, education and training opportunities and clear career pathways, so that our Aboriginal workforce are supported to pursue job opportunities and build their skills and careers.

The introduction of the ‘Respecting the Difference’ Aboriginal Cultural Training for all employees will assist in ensuring that all of our staff are empowered to offer a more respectful and culturally aware environment for Aboriginal employees, Aboriginal people, their families and the community.

Aboriginal staff also have the opportunity to participate in the recently established Aboriginal Network meetings which provides leadership and support for our Aboriginal Workforce.

NSW Health has recently published the Stepping Up recruitment resource for Aboriginal people on-line. Stepping Up aims to assist Aboriginal job applicants understand how to apply for roles in NSW Health, and hiring managers to more effectively structure the recruitment to roles within NSW Health.

For more information on Stepping Up please visit

*NBMLHD wishes to advise that this website and other related resources may contain images of Aboriginal people who may be deceased.


As the largest employer in the region, NBMLHD is committed to providing fair and equitable employment opportunities for people with a disability. A disability could be:

  • Intellectual
  • Physical
  • Neurological
  • Psychiatric
  • Sensory
  • Long term illness

NBMLHD acknowledges the valuable contributions people with a disability can make and the individual challenges they face. As an employer, NBMLHD is dedicated to undertaking reasonable adjustment of the workplace to accommodate the individual needs of employees with a disability. We aim to provide a supportive work environment in which people with a disability are able to reach their personal and career goals.

In 2009, the Ministry of Health published a Disability Action Plan covering initiatives developed by the Ministry,

In 2014, NBMLHD developed and implemented our local Disability Action Plan.

People with disabilities who meet the selection criteria are encouraged to apply for positions in NBMLHD. Where required, NBMLHD will implement reasonable adjustment consistent with industry standard.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The aims of EEO initiates are to promote employment policies and practices based on the principle of merit, and to introduce and pursue programs of affirmative action designed to encourage people disadvantaged in the workforce because of discrimination or prejudice.

Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District (NBMLHD) recognises that Equality in Employment Opportunity (EEO) is a fundamental right, which must be applied to every aspect of work life. It is good management practice, and it is supported by legislation. The LHD is committed to improving employment access and participation for EEO groups to ensure our workforce is representative of the general community.

The benefits of EEO include:
  • improving staff retention and reducing turnover costs; 
  • attracting and keeping the best and brightest staff;
  • inspiring patient and visitor confidence; 
  • fairness and respect in the workplace; 
  • motivated, happy and productive workforce;
  • making sure the best person gets the job; 
  • being an employer of choice. 





Wednesday, 11 May 2016 3:14:53 PM