26 September 2023

Uni on course to set health culture

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The ACT Health Directorate has entered a partnership with the Australian National University (ANU) to develop a framework for workplace culture change across the ACT’s public health system.

Minister for Health, Rachel Stephen-Smith said the partnership with the ANU was an exciting step forward in the work underway to improve workplace culture across hospitals and health facilities.

Ms Stephen-Smith said the Framework would be developed by organisational behaviour specialists at the ANU Research School of Management.

“It will include culture change initiatives and importantly, will focus on measuring the effectiveness of these initiatives over time,” Ms Stephen-Smith said.

“This work is critical for the implementation of the recommendations of the Independent Review into the Workplace Culture within ACT Public Health Services, released earlier this year.”

She said the Framework would be informed by staff input and people external to the system, workforce data and the latest academic literature on organisational behaviour, with a focus on the health sector.

“This Framework will ensure we are well placed to identify how all three of our public health services – the Health Directorate, Canberra Health Services and Calvary ACT can embed and sustain improvements to their workplace cultures.”

Ms Stephen-Smith said work on the Framework had commenced and would be further developed over the coming months, with oversight provided by the Culture Review Oversight Group.

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