This workshop provides general practice with an insight into Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and culture and the impact on health care utilisation. The workshop discusses Closing the Gap initiatives, Medicare Item numbers, PBS Co-payment measures and provides resources and tools for use in general practice.
Relevance to General Practice
Closing the Gap is ‘a commitment made in 2008 by all Australian governments to work towards a better future for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. It aims to close the gap of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander disadvantage in areas such as health, housing, education and employment’. The Close the Gap campaign created momentum for government action and is still being run through the Australian Human Rights Commission, chiefly through The Steering Committee for Indigenous Health Equality.
A key government initiative to help close the gap in health inequalities is the Practice Incentives Program Indigenous Health Incentive, which supports general practices to provide better health care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients, including best practice management of chronic disease. This program requires at least two practice members (one of whom must be a GP) to undertake endorsed cultural awareness training within 12 months of signing on to the incentive.
- Discuss Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and its impact on health service engagement.
- Outline the barriers and obstacles to culturally safe practices.
- Define and distinguish between cultural competence, cultural awareness and cultural safety.
- Identify specific Medicare items numbers and culturally appropriate resources for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities.
- Develop a draft action plan to implement culturally safe practices into the workplace and professional relationships
Domains of General Practice
D1. Communication skills and the patient-doctor relationship
D2. Applied professional knowledge and skills
D3. Population health and the context of general practice
D4. Professional and ethical role
D5. Organisational and legal dimensions
Curriculum Contextual Units
- Aboriginal and Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander health
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