True and ECCQ receive funding for career pathways project

ECCQ True funding

We are excited to announce that True, in partnership with ECCQ, has been awarded funding for our Bilingual Health and Community Worker Career Pathway Project as a recipient of the Queensland Care Consortium funding project.

This action-led research project will support bilingual health and community care workforce development, attraction and retention.

"Evidence shows that people from migrant and refugee backgrounds are uniquely disadvantaged when accessing health services in Queensland,” says Gianna Parma, our Culturally Responsive Health Coordinator, “The goal of this project is to support and develop a highly skilled workforce of bilingual educators and community care workers. Valuing and investing in the role of bilingual health workers enables health services to respond to the diverse needs of Queensland communities”.

The project is one of seven to receive funding from the Queensland Care Consortium as part of the Health and Community Services Sectors Workforce Development project, which aims to support First Nations people, young people and those from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds to find work across the sector including in aged care and community mental health.

This initiative is funded by Jobs Queensland as an action arising from the Good jobs. Good people: Queensland Workforce Strategy 2022-2032.

“ECCQ recognizes that there is a large percentage of bilingual healthcare staff. It is time that we respect and acknowledge their unique skillsets and the importance of this role in bridging the gap between culturally diverse communities and the health system” says Anna Rolandsen, ECCQ’s Manager of Policy and Advocacy, “I’m excited to see the contributions of this project in advancing the career pathways for diverse Queensland communities”. 

The Bilingual Health and Community Worker Career Pathway Project follows on from the success and strength of the Health In My Language initiative, which is delivered by True’s expert health educators across the state.

For more information about the project click here.

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