The College People and Infrastructure Committee support the development and implementation of a Nursing and Health Sciences Reconciliation Action Plan but also recognise that our academic and professional staff require ongoing development to fulfill our commitment to Indigenous cultural safety in all that we do.
The College is committing in 2023 to the development of a new framework for ongoing and expanded workforce capability and training amongst our staff. The framework will outline the learning and development that we are currently offering or intend to explore as foundational or bespoke opportunities for Education; Research, Practice and Professional Services.
The foundational learning and development opportunities commence when a new staff member enters the University. In partnership with Your Mob Learning, the induction of new staff members requires the completion of Indigenous Cultural Awareness online training. This foundational program is mandatory, and the College will be monitoring completions while also strongly encouraging existing staff to complete if they have not yet done so. For existing staff who have completed the Indigenous Cultural Awareness Foundations program offered by Your Mob Learning, the College will be strongly encouraging staff to complete the Refresher program and also the Comprehensive program also available via the same link. All of these resources are offered free to Flinders University employees via iEnrol and the College will continue to raise awareness of these opportunities. To supplement these foundational learning and development opportunities, the College of Nursing and Health Sciences will be offering other opportunities of relevance to all staff, regardless of position type. In 2023 we will be exploring opportunities to specifically support staff learnings of anti-racism in the hope that we can offer something for 2024 and beyond.
While the above opportunities have relevance for all staff, regardless of position type, Nursing and Health Sciences are committed to provide additional opportunities that respond to specific needs of staff working in any one or more of the following: Education, Research, Practice, Professional Services.
The bespoke EDUCATION learning and development opportunities will build upon the central collection of resources available that has been designed to inspire and motivate staff to include Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural content in their teaching. While the University Learning and Teaching Academy will centrally provide some additional relevant resources our own Learning and Teaching Academy chapter, through the Indigenous Aspects of Education Community of Practice, will provide opportunities that respond to the specific needs of staff in Nursing and Health Sciences.
More information coming soon on bespoke research, practice and professional services learning and development opportunities.