Increasing Indigenous staff opportunities across the Faculty is another key priority of our RAP. Currently, most Indigenous staff at the Faculty are employed in Indigenous-specific programs, in particular at Onemda. However, with a Faculty as big and as diverse as MDHS, opportunities to employ Indigenous staff across all Schools are emerging – and being targeted.
What is the TAFE employment pathway?
The TAFE pathway approach is a innovative partnership with several Technical and Further Education (TAFE) organisations. Indigenous TAFE graduates with qualificaitons in the areas of administration or technical research and laboratory support are encouraged to apply. All emerging vacant HEW 3 and 4 positions within the Faculty will be open for Indigenous applicants only for an initial period of 3 week before opening up to others. This pathway offers TAFE graduates employment within the Faculty, with a view to a long-term career in the University.
Bellberry – Building faculty research opportunities for Indigenous staff
Bellberry Limited is a national not-for-profit organisation that provides a streamlined scientific and ethical review of human research projects across Australia and donates funds back into the research community. Earlier this year, a submission from Ormond College and the Faculty was presented to Bellberry Limited. The submission outlined a number of ways that the organisation could contribute to the Faculty's goal of building a robust Indigenous health workforce. The Faculty was delighted that Bellberry made a generous gift to support an Indigenous student to continue to pursue their career in medical research.
The Bellberry Postdoctoral Medical Research Fellowship is awarded to a talented PhD graduate who is passionate about a career in medical research and will assist in our collective endeavours to develop the Indigenous health workforce in Australia.
The relationship that has been developed with Bellberry Limited will have a significant impact on the Faculty's Indigenous Development program and create more opportunities for Indigenous researchers. The 2013 Bellberry Fellow is Dr Shayne Bellingham.
Shayne Bellinham's family are Wotjobaluk people now located in the Horsham region. His journey towards his recent appointment of inaugural Bellberry Indigenous Health Research Fellow has been a testament to his unrelenting persistence in the field of Genetics.
"For me personally, I wouldn't have got to where I am today without the undergraduate entry scheme pathway available to Indigenous students at the time, plus the assistance of the Admissions Office."
Shayne Bellingham, Inaugural Bellberry Indigenous Health Research Fellow 2013
"The MDHS HR team... is committed to the University's Reconciliation Action Plan and the Faculty's Indigenous Employment strategies to develop knowledge and processes to support Indigenous development and employment opportunities."
Jessie Macintyre, HR Manager, Faculty of MDHS