The HealthWest Partnership Standards for Workforce Mutuality
The HealthWest Partnership Standards for Workforce Mutuality were launched in May 2018. They provide organisations with guidelines to build inclusive employment pathways with the community and be more responsive to the needs of a hugely diverse community.
Download a free copy of The HealthWest Partnership Standards for Workforce Mutuality
The Standards were developed with the support of an Expert Advisory Panel from across the health, community, employment, higher education and corporate sectors. They address a whole range of aspects of people’s diversity: cultural and linguistic, gender, sexual, ability and more.
Piloting the Standards for Workforce Mutuality
HealthWest recently piloted the Standards with five of our members organisations: Bolton Clarke, cohealth, commUnity+, IPC Health and Tweddle Child and Family Service. The pilot was overwhelmingly positive.
- The Standards were determined to be fit for purpose, effective and feasible for self-assessment.
- Pilot organisations highlighted how easy it was to pick up and use the Standards straightaway, as well as the potential for the Standards to make an impact in other sectors such as the government and corporate sectors.
- Members of the pilot group have already begun building workforce mutuality into their goals, strategic plans and workforce planning.
So what is workforce mutuality?
In 2016, members of HealthWest Partnership raised concerns about a ‘diversity gap’ between the diversity of the community across Melbourne’s west and the relative lack of diversity in the workforce of the health and community sectors.
Workforce Mutuality describes the extent to which the diversity of the workforce of an organisation or a sector reflects the actual diversity of the community.
Why does workforce mutuality matter?
Better access and delivery of services, increased satisfaction for consumers, better health outcomes, more jobs for everyone… Evidence shows that when the workforce of the health and community sector is in synch with the diversity of the community it services, many health indicators go up.
Watch as members of the Workforce Mutuality Expert Advisory Panel explain why organisations, workers and communities all benefit when our workforce better matches the diversity of the community.
*Please note: the pilot phase has been completed and HealthWest is no longer accepting expressions of interest for this.
- Read about HealthWest’s commitment to Workforce Mutuality in our Position Statement.
- Curious about workforce mutuality? Read about why the term was coined in Talking about diversity, mutuality and health.
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Mindy Allott, Systems Integration Manager
Phone 9248 9658 or Mindy.Allott@healthwest.org.au