A local health project has been selected to present at the NSW Health Nursing and Midwifery Showcase in Sydney at the end of this month.
The Western NSW Local Health District’s Nursing Education Team created a Cultural Package to recognise the important role played by overseas trained professionals in rural health, and helps support them when they start work with local health services.
“It is a credit to our Nursing Education team to be presenting at the Showcase. The Showcase highlights the projects and research that nurses and midwives are leading across NSW Health,” said Executive Director of Quality, Clinical Safety and Nursing, Adrian Fahy.
The Cultural Package project was formed after the Nursing Educator Team were consulted on issues regarding communication, team work and cultural awareness for new employees, especially those who were trained overseas.
The Cultural Package was developed to help new employees transition successfully into their work and community environment.
It is made up of five documents and has been distributed to 60 overseas trained employees. The feedback has indicated that in particular it has helped them gain a better understanding of Aboriginal culture and the importance of Aboriginal health is- sues.
It has also resulted in improved communication and team work as it gives the new employees a better understanding of their requirements within the workplace culture.