Nukal Murra and Collaboration on the Western Queensland First Nations - Health Workforce Development Plan

31 July 2023

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The Nukal Murra Alliance brings together the Western Queensland Primary Health Network (WQPHN) and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Controlled Health Services (AICCHS) of Cunnamulla Aboriginal Corporation for Health, Charleville and Western Areas Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Health, Gidgee Healing and Goondir Health Services. 

Nukal Murra in a regionally focused, culturally informed partnership to improve the health, social and emotional wellbeing of our communities. The naming of the “Nukal Murra” combines two traditional languages from the Western Queensland catchment; Nukal, meaning ‘plenty or many’ in the language of the lower gulf and Murra meaning ‘hand or hands’ in the language of Central West and South West.

Expanding access to ACCHO services is a proven approach to improve health outcomes and reduce health inequity in First Nations people and aligns with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People (UNDRIP). Under the guidance of the Nukal Murra Alliance members, Petrichor Partners presented the WQ First Nations Workforce Plan for consultation and final endorsement to provide a regional context that aligns with the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workforce Strategic Framework and Implementation Plan 2021-2031.

WQ First Nations Workforce Plan is a 5-year Plan that will be guide implementation based on agreed priorities, investment and appetite for reform and change. Partners committed to establishing the governance capacity to leverage from existing and new partnerships, attract investment, stage pilot projects, and systematically build capacity, infrastructure and collateral for long term sustained change. This approach allows organisations to support a strong AICCHS network across WQ, supports the national framework, align organisational Reconciliation Action Plans (RAPs) and Health Equity Plans, and reduce duplication through building meaningful partnerships and cultural respect that strengthens the wider primary and hospital sector. The WQ First Nations Workforce Plan does not overrule organisational sovereignty but aims to leverage through regional collaboration and build a stronger future together.