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.

Resources for you and your Registrar

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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. Download PDF
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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.
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IDENTIFYING ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER STATUS

This teaching plan will assist supervisors in identifying First Nations patients, documenting identification in clinical software, using correct terminology (as well as awareness of offensive terminology), and considering some aspects of culturally safe communication.
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Indigenous history playing cards

It was the great hope of Moree elder Val Dahlstrom that a better understanding of Indigenous culture and history could help close the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people, particularly when it came to health. She came up with the idea of designing a set of playing cards and a solitaire app that could help increase that knowledge. The cards feature Indigenous artwork and provide players with insights into events that have shaped the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
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Teaching Yourself and Your Registrar About Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health

This FAQ provides guidance in key areas of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health including understanding the practice culture, the need for a wholistic approach, women’s health, telehealth, and the legacy of previous injjustices leading to intergeneratioinal trauma.
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Telehealth and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Patients

Telehealth has been identified as a particularly effective method of delivering health services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients living in remote rural locations. With teleconsultations now being undertaken more widely across Australia in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the experiences of GPs caring for our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in places like Arnhem land have never been so valuable.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet

A comprehensive site providing links to a wide range of educational and training resources and research relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health. Key areas of this site relevant to GP Supervision are listed below:

Guide to General Practice Training in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health

This guide was produced by the Australian Government Department of Health for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health services who train medical registrars as part of the Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) Program. It outlines national principles in delivering culturally-safe general practice training.

The Five Steps resources

Compiled by the RACGP, the five steps towards excellent healthcare for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people is a suite of resources that provide a clear and concise summary of the programs and funding options available to support care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander dates of significance

Information on yearly days of significance for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Supervising a Registrar who identifies as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander? Make sure they’re aware of available exam supports provided by the RACGP.

Resources for your Practice

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Cultural Inclusion Policy template

This cultural inclusion policy template has been created for you to develop a policy for your business to encourage greater cultural inclusion in your workplace.
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A Welcoming Practice Culture Inclusion Checklist

This cultural inclusion checklist is designed for you to take a walk through your practice from outside your entrance with your registrar and this checklist and consider the welcoming experience of the whole practice. Rate each section on a scale of 1-5 and decide on follow up actions.

Reduce discrimination and improve race relations

“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.”

Prof Noel Hayman Professor Noel Hayman Clinical Director Inala Indigenous Health Service, Queensland
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