Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health


Patient information Healthy Australia Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health

Improving the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people is one of Australia’s highest health priorities


The RACGP is committed to raising awareness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health needs and, as a result, RACGP Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health was formed in 2010 to help ‘close the gap’. 

The RACGP advocates for culturally appropriate health delivery systems that will improve health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

The aim is for all GPs and practice staff across Australia to deliver clinically and culturally responsive health care to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander patients.  
Support is offered through a range of activities to help improve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health outcomes. These include:

  • developing guidelines and resources for GPs and health professionals,
  • delivering education and training, 
  • advocacy on issues related to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, including ‘Close the Gap’, ‘Racism. It stops with me’ and constitutional recognition
  • celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and achievements. 

The RACGP works in partnership with key stakeholders including the Australian Indigenous Doctor’s Association (AIDA), the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) and the Indigenous General Practice Registrar’s Network (IGPRN) to deliver a suite of activities, educational programs, publications and events.

Visit the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health section on the website for further information and resources realted to Aboriginal and Torress Strait Islander health.


Key partner organisations

NACCHO
AIDA
IGPRN


Campaigns

Racism: It stops with me
Close the Gap