Economic Inclusion for Health


Over the past five years HealthWest has observed increasing interest in workforce diversity from our membership.

In 2018, HealthWest sought to create system level change through the development of the Standards for Workforce Mutuality. The Standards provide guidance for organisations to address the diversity gap identified in the health and community services’ workforce in Melbourne’s west.

In 2019, HealthWest explored member and partner organisations interest in addressing economic inclusion, in the context of race-based discrimination and social inclusion. At a successful forum in October 2019, forum participants expressed ongoing interest in addressing racism in the heath and community sector, progressing workforce mutuality, and collaborating to improve employment pathways.

In 2020 and 2021 we partnered with the Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health (MCWH) and the Centre for Multicultural Youth (CMY) to release the Community Conversations report. The project sought to gather further information on the nature of economic exclusion among refugee and migrant communities in

Melbourne’s west, and to source community-informed ideas for reducing barriers to participation.

Current focus: Addressing Recruitment Barriers


We are planning to continue the partnership with MCWH and CMY, addressing one of the recommendations developed through the Community Conversations project to improve job-seeking processes so that people from all migrant backgrounds can confidently and equitably participate.

Phase one of the project seeks to identify what hinders and enables human resource departments in our sector to make the changes that are needed. Following this there may be opportunities to work with interested human resource departments to support them to design better recruitment practices. Please email us at if you are interested in being updated when opportunities to participate arise.


Contact us

Gail O’Donnell

More info

Community Conversations Project (2020-2021)

Workforce Mutuality Project

Documents for the 2019 Economic Inclusion for Health Forum