The aim of the GPTT Aboriginal Health Cultural Awareness course is to provide general practitioners with increased Aboriginal cultural awareness. The learning activity will take up to 7 hours in total and is delivered as a continuous and blended model throughout the GPTT Registrar training program. It includes three mandatory components aimed at broadening GP’s knowledge and competence to deliver appropriate health care to Aboriginal people including:
1. Aboriginal Cultural Activity – choose from a range of Aboriginal cultural activities to provide an opportunity for reflection on social, cultural and historical issues that affect Tasmanian Aboriginal people and communities.
2. Visit to an Aboriginal Health Service; and
3. online module covering population health statistics and initiatives for improving the health care of Aboriginal people. Covers requirements of RACGP, PIP and Closing the Gap. This is available online on the GPTT intranet.
Relevance to General Practice
While there has been some traction in meeting the health targets for Closing the Gap, many Indigenous Australians continue to experience poorer health than other Australians, often dying at much younger ages. The success of Closing the Gap requires culturally appropriate mainstream social, welfare, educational and health services, including in general practice. A non-judgmental and respectful approach to Aboriginal health care is important to Closing the Gap. This includes a knowledge of the historical, cultural, social, and medical and health system factors that have an impact on healthcare delivery for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients in general practice. All registrars enter training with differing levels of cultural awareness and may benefit from tailored learning options that better address their learning needs. This Aboriginal cultural awareness training activity is provided in a flexible, blended and continuous manner to suit individual learning needs.
- Describe at least three of the social, cultural and historical issues that impact on the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
- Utilise self-reflection to improve general practice and deliver health services that are culturally safe.
- Identify a system within your practice setting to correctly and consistently record and identify Aboriginal and Torres strait Islander patients.
- Identify and implement the relevant national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health initiatives.
- Describe the work of an Aboriginal Health Service and how general practitioners can work with a Tasmanian Aboriginal Health Service.
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
- Rural health
- Adult health
- Care of older people
- Children and young people health
Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre