Improving health in WA

WA Health Senior Aboriginal Leadership Group


In 2012, Aboriginal Health hosted the first Aboriginal Leadership Program. The program provided culturally-relevant leadership development opportunities for senior and emerging Aboriginal staff within WA Health. This program assumed that to achieve significant improvement in Aboriginal health we need to build:

  • a strong and collaborative network of Aboriginal health leaders within WA Health
  • the individual leadership capacity and resilience of those who are working in WA Health to achieve these results.

A key outcome of this initial program was the development of the Aboriginal Leadership Strategy 2013–2016 (PDF 4.2MB) and subsequent establishment of the WA Health Senior Aboriginal Leadership Group (SALG). Through SALG, WA Health is able to draw on the expertise, experience and collective leadership of senior Aboriginal staff to support improvement in health outcomes for Aboriginal people across Western Australia.


Members of SALG are selected from business areas across WA Health, including:

  • Department of Health
  • South Metropolitan Health Service
  • North Metropolitan Health Service
  • Child and Adolescent Health Service
  • WA Country Health Service
  • Other specialist Aboriginal services.
Group photo of the WA Health Senior Aboriginal Leadership Group


For a full list of membership please see member’s profiles and the SALG member list (PDF 373KB).

Terms of Reference

The SALG operations are guided by the Terms of Reference (PDF 150KB).

For more information about SALG operations, please see SALG Operational Guidelines (PDF 384KB).


SALG meet quarterly, with extraordinary meetings as required. Every meeting is held in a way that provides the opportunity for collective leadership and ensures Aboriginal cultural security is central to doing business. 

Man going through form and reading

Secretariat support

Aboriginal Health at the Department of Health provides secretariat support to the SALG. For further information regarding SALG or its membership please contact:

Telephone: (08) 9222 2478

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Aboriginal Health