Researcher Sara Hudson says federal, state and territory governments need to define the role and train workers appropriately. "The general Aboriginal health worker role is quite a broad one," she said. "There has been a lot of difficulty in actually defining what their responsibilities are. "And because it is so broad, many Aboriginal people who are working as a health worker actually feel that they're a jack of all trades and they feel overburdened with all their responsibilities."
The report says many Aboriginal people have made a "rational" decision not to become health workers. The report says many workers feel they are expected to do too much and their training is substandard.