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Title: Factors affecting job satisfaction of Aboriginal mental health workers working in community mental health in rural and remote New South Wales
Contributor(s): Cosgrave, Catherine (author); Maple, Myfanwy  (author)orcid ; Hussain, Rafat  (author)
Publication Date: 2017
DOI: 10.1071/AH16128
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Abstract: Objective. The aim of the present study was to identify factors affecting the job satisfaction and subsequent retention of Aboriginal mental health workers (AMHWs). Methods. FiveAMHWs working in New South Wales (NSW) forNSWHealth in rural and remote community mental health (CMH) services participated in in-depth, semi-structured interviews to understand how employment and rural living factors affected workers' decisions to stay or leave their CMH positions. Results. Using a constructivist grounded theory analysis, three aspects negatively impacting the job satisfaction of AMHWs were identified: (1) difficulties being accepted into the team and organisation; (2) culturally specific work challenges; and (3) professional differences and inequality. Conclusions. Policy and procedural changes to the AMHW training program may address the lower remuneration and limited career opportunities identified with regard to the Bachelor Health Sciences (Mental Health) qualification. Delivering training to increase levels of understanding about the AMHW training program, and cultural awareness generally, to CMH staff and NSW Health management may assist in addressing the negative team, organisational and cultural issues identified.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Australian Health Review, 41(6), p. 707-711
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing
Place of Publication: Australia
ISSN: 0156-5788
Field of Research (FOR): 111708 Health and Community Services
111714 Mental Health
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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