Queensland Health aims to build a skilled workforce that is representative of the Queensland community. Activities which help to achieve this aim include:
- implementation of the Queensland Health Equal Employment Opportunity Policy to encourage and support workforce diversity
- participation in the Queensland Government Migrant Work Experience Program to provide opportunities to recent migrants to gain local work experience
- continuing the operations of the Centre for International Medical Graduates to support international medical graduates to integrate to professional practice in the Queensland health system
- supporting the Queensland Transcultural Mental Health Centre to continue to draw on the diversity of the mental health workforce by using the language and cultural skills of mental health professionals to assist in providing services to mental health consumers from diverse backgrounds.
- Queensland Health Equal Employment Opportunity Policy G2
- Queensland Health Diversity Policy G1
- Queensland Health Anti-Discrimination Policy E2
From time to time, problems can occur in any workplace. Providing a working environment which is free from discrimination and harassment and where all employees are treated with courtesy, dignity and respect is an important component of building workforce diversity. Queensland Health aims to eliminate discrimination in all employment practices based on irrelevant characteristics such as gender, culture or ethnic background.
The policies that support this commitment are located on the Human Resources Branch website. Direct links to key policies are shown above.
The following steps are a summary of the options outlined in the Queensland Health Anti-Discrimination Policy.
- Discussion between the employee experiencing discrimination and their supervisor or line manager is recommended, particularly in the early stage of a problem.
- Contact a Workplace Equity and Harassment Officer (WEHO) who can provide information, support and guidance on resolving the problem. (Contact details for WEHO are available on the Queensland Health intranet.)
- If an employee considers that they have been discriminated against, they are entitled to lodge a grievance.
- If the grievance process has not resolved the problem, an employee may lodge a complaint with the Anti-Discrimination Commission Queensland.