We refer to our people as caregivers because regardless of their role each makes a contribution to the health and wellbeing of the people we serve.
A snapshot of our people reveals that 45% are professional nurses and midwives, 83% are female and 61% work part-time, with a further 17% casuals. This mix is consistent with our desire to provide a range of employment options to meet the varying preferences and circumstances of a wide cross-section of our people.
Because our organisation is growing and changing, we are taking steps to increase the education of all caregivers in relation to our Mission, Values and heritage, enhancing our culture of providing excellent, compassionate, Mission-inspired care.
In 2015 a review of our Mission Management Model was undertaken to ensure it will meet our needs over the next decade. As a result a more dynamic process making all leaders equally responsible for the Mission will be adopted.
Our people are also key participants in our Ministry, serving our patients and clients and living the healing mission of Jesus Christ. In 2016 more than 3,500 caregivers participated in formation programs that help to embed a rich understanding of our Mission and Service Ethos.
We have a well-established organisational approach to workplace wellness with a focus on ensuring our caregivers care for themselves as they care for others.
The employment of people with disability continues to be a growing feature of our recruitment and selection processes. In 2016 we received 131 applications from people with disability registered with a disability employment service and employed 14.
Our Murdoch and Bendigo hospitals established collaboration agreements with their local disability employment services to assist with prospective employment and support caregivers requiring additional support.
In 2016 St John of God Health Care commenced work on a new stretch Reconciliation Action Plan that will set clear and measurable targets to deepen its impact. The Indigenous Internship Program delivered in partnership with CareerTrackers continues to support Indigenous students to stay in university and gain real work experience.