Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health

GPSA acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the traditional and current custodians of the land upon which we work. We respect that this land always was and always will be Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander land. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples sovereignty has never been ceded. We particularly acknowledge the Dja Dja Wurrung and the Taungurung Peoples of the Kulin Nation, the traditional owners of the lands where our head office is located. We pay our respect to Elders past and present, as well as all Aboriginal people who have fought, and continue to fight, for equality, self-determination, culture, Country and community

GP Supervisors play a valuable and important role in promoting and supporting GP registrars’ cultural competence in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health. GP Supervisors strive to create a culturally safe workplace, teaching, learning, and practicing environment. To achieve this, and contribute towards national reconciliation, GPSA:
  • Grounds practice through its commitment to Reconciliation Action Plans
  • Provides members the tools and educational resources to create a positive learning environment that is welcoming and safe.
This page contains links to Teaching plans, recorded webinars and podcasts, templates and checklists and flashcards that will support you in building a more culturally safe and welcome practice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander people.

ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER HEALTH IN GENERAL PRACTICE

This guide sets out how GP Supervisors can strengthen teaching and learning about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health.

INTRODUCTION TO ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER PEOPLE AND THEIR HEALTH

This teaching plan is for use with registrars to develop an understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strair islander history, health and local networks.

IDENTIFYING ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER STATUS

This teaching plan will assist supervisors in identifying First Nations patients and considering some aspects of culturally safe communication.

Resources for you and your registrar

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GUIDE: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health in General PracticeDownload icon   DOWNLOAD
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TEACHING PLAN: Introduction to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their healthDownload icon   DOWNLOAD
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TEACHING PLAN: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health assessmentsDownload icon   DOWNLOAD
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TEACHING PLAN: Identifying Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander statusDownload icon   DOWNLOAD
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FLASH CARDS: Indigenous history playing cardsDownload icon   ORDER
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FAQ: Teaching Yourself and Your Registrar About Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander HealthDownload icon   DOWNLOAD
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FAQ: Telehealth and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patientsDownload icon   DOWNLOAD
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WEBINAR: Teaching yourself and your registrar about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander healthView thumbnail   VIEW
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PODCAST: Teaching yourself and your registrar about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander healthDownload icon   LISTEN
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WEBINAR: Telehealth and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patientsView thumbnail   VIEW
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Telehealth with Aboriginal Patients who are Hard of HearingDownload icon   DOWNLOAD

Resources for your practice

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TEMPLATE: Cultural inclusion policy                       Download icon   DOWNLOAD
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CHECKLIST: A welcoming practice culture inclusion                                             Download icon   DOWNLOAD

External links

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Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNetView thumbnail   VIEW
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Cultural Safety for Health Professionals View thumbnail   VIEW
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Overview of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health statusView thumbnail   VIEW
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Guide to General Practice Training in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander HealthView thumbnail   VIEW
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RACGP Five Steps resourceView thumbnail   VIEW            
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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander dates of significanceView thumbnail   VIEW

Prof Noel Hayman

“GP supervisors are vital in building a skilled GP workforce to improve health outcomes into the future for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. It is valuable to train registrars at Indigenous health services, however supervisors in mainstream practices also have a vital role to play in helping to Close the Gap.”

Professor Noel Hayman - Clinical Director Inala Indigenous Health Service, Queensland
reconciliation