​Opportunities for people from a non-English speaking background​

Hunter New England Health is a culturally diverse Government agency and we are committed to the increased participation of people from diverse backgrounds.  The skills, experience and linguistic abilities of all employees are valued, and our managers are encouraged to recognise and develop diversity in the workplace.

The 2006 Australian Bureau of Statistics Census of Housing and Population indicated that 23.8% of the NSW community was born overseas, and it is generally recognised that skilled migration has made a significant contribution of the skill base of the Australian workforce.  The need for additional medical staff and specialists has increased.   Our current workforce has steadily increased over the past 5 years and is comprised of 8.2% of people for whom language first spokes as a child was not English.

We are able to offer support to our staff through targeted learning programs such as the WELL program. Some of the programs offered are:

  • English language skills

  • Literacy and Numeracy

  • Skills to improve communication

The WELL program is flexible and can be adjusted to fit the requirements of the Manager or employee, for example; a program can be developed to assist employees in reading and understanding OH&S and safety standards.

Our strengths

  • High quality, safe patient care

  • Skilled, dedicated and valued staff

  • An understanding of and commitment to rural communities

  • Experience providing health service across a broad geographical area

  • The best immunisation rates in the State​

  • A commitment to the health and wellbeing of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander communities

  • Highly developed telehealth and information technology services

  • Dedicated and loyal volunteers

  • Effective models of community participation

  • Expertise in health promotion and prevention

  • Successful strategies to improve staff safety

  • A focus on innovation​