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RACGP Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health newsletter

26 September 2018

Message from Chair, Assoc Prof Peter O'Mara

Last month, elections were held for several positions on the RACGP Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Board. I am very pleased to welcome our new and returning members to the Board: Dr Daniella Arabena (Queensland), Dr Kali Hayward (South Australia) and Dr Deep Joseph (Victoria). 

I am honoured to have been reelected as Chair of the Board for another two-year term and look forward to continuing to work and engage with you.

For the first time in the faculty’s history, we held our annual Member Meeting by webinar on 15 August 2018. Thank you to everyone who attended the meeting. It was a great opportunity to share the work that was achieved over the past ten months and to profile some of our key successes. The faculty has grown to almost 9000 members, once again demonstrating the high priority of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health at the RACGP.      

Conference season is upon us and we are busy preparing for the following conferences: the Australian Indigenous Doctor’s Association (AIDA), the National Aboriginal and Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) and our own GP18. The GP18 program is full of exciting opportunities to participate in a range of educational, learning and social activities. There will be two presentations on Indigenous health issues, including our special event to celebrate achievements in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health. More information is available on the RACGP website.

Adjacent to GP18, the faculty will host a National Guide workshop on Wednesday 10 October 2018 at the Jellurgal Cultural Centre on the Gold Coast. The workshop is designed to introduce and support the implementation of the NACCHO and RACGP National guide to a preventive health assessment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, which launched earlier this year.

For more information on how you can attend this workshop, email RACGP Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health @ GP18

National Guide and Focus Group Workshop

Wednesday 10 October 2018

The RACGP and NACCHO invite you to a National guide to a preventive health assessment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people (Third edition) workshop that will held the day before GP18. This workshop will support your practice team with maximising the opportunity for the prevention of disease at each health service visit.A National Guide contributor and a cultural educator will discuss how best to use the third edition of the National Guide when providing care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Registration and lunch:

12.00 pm

Workshop:

12.30–4.00 pm

Venue:

Jellurgal Aboriginal Cultural Centre, 1711 Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads, QLD

The workshop will also include a focus group exploring the implementation of the National Guide in both mainstream and Aboriginal Community Controlled Primary Health Care Services (ACCHSs), as well as the characteristics of a culturally responsive general practice.

Attendance is free, but registration is essential. Places are limited, so please register early to avoid disappointment. To register, call 03 8699 0528 or email daniela.doblanovic@racgp.org.au

This workshop has been accredited for six Category 2 Quality Improvement and Continuing Professional Development (QI&CPD) points.

Celebrating achievements in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health

Thursday 11 October 2018

Join RACGP Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Chair, Assoc Prof Peter O’Mara, and fellow members and colleagues to celebrate the achievements in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health over the last year.

You will also hear from the RACGP Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health 2018 award recipients.

Time: 10.45 am – 12.15 pm
Venue: Meeting Room 12, Gold Coast Exhibition and Convention Centre

The 'Five steps towards excellent Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander healthcare'

Saturday 13 October 2018

Recognising a need for more practical information for GPs about primary healthcare initiatives for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients, RACGP Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health launched a suite of resources, the Five steps towards excellent Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander healthcare (Five steps) in July 2017.

This conference session will be presented by Assoc Prof Shannon Springer, Bond University, and Dr Tim Senior, Medical Advisor, RACGP Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health. 

Time: 10.45 am – 12.15 pm
Venue: Central Room C, Gold Coast Exhibition and Convention Centre

View the abstract.

Ask me anything about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health

Saturday 13 October 2018

This panel session provides a safe space for delegates to explore issues relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health. Opportunities will be available to ask experts critical questions and to seek advice on how to deliver quality care to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients.

Presenters

  • Assoc Prof Peter O’Mara, Chair, RACGP Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
  • Dr Dawn Casey, Deputy CEO, National Aboriginal and Community Controlled Health Organisation
  • Dr Olivia O’Donoghue, GP and Medical and Cultural Educator
  • Dr Tim Senior, Medical Advisor, RACGP Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health (pictured)

Time: 1.00–2.30 pm
Venue: Central Room C, Gold Coast Exhibition and Convention Centre

View the abstracts.

Other GP18 events

Rural hospital clinical simulation ALM

Wednesday 10 October 2018

RACGP Rural is pleased to offer the 'Rural hospital clinical simulation' active learning module (ALM) at Bond University, as part of the RACGP annual conference – GP18. Attendees have the opportunity to participate in seven simulated scenarios. The six-hour ALM will emphasise on emergency medicine skills, doctor self-care, coordinating and communicating with other healthcare professionals, stress management and debriefing skills.

The ALM will take place at the Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine at Bond University in Robina. A charter bus will be available between the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre (GCCEC) and Bond University.

This ALM is accredited for 40 Category 1 QI&CPD points. It is also eligible for a one-day Rural Procedural Grant for anybody registered in Emergency Medicine, Anaesthesia, or Obstetrics components.

Time: 7.45 am – 3.45 pm
Venue: Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine, Bond University Building 5, Level 2 14 University Drive, Robina
Cost: $396

For more information, view the flyer.

To register for this event, visit the RACGP website.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health news

Close the Gap campaign and National Close the Gap Day

The RACGP is a member of the Close the Gap Steering Committee that operates the Close the Gap campaign to raise the health and life expectancy of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Earlier this year, the RACGP recognised National Close the Gap Day on 15 March 2018 by hosting Aboriginal nurse, Ms Banok Rind (pictured). She spoke to staff across the country about the significance of Close the Gap Day, the Close the Gap Campaign and the responsibility of governments to address health inequalities.  

A video of Ms Rind’s speech is now available. The RACGP acknowledges the materials used in this video by Oxfam Australia and the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.

You still have an opportunity to register your interest to participate in our joint project with NACCHO

With support from the Department of Health, the RACGP and NACCHO will continue their longstanding partnership on a new project that will increase awareness of the National Guide. This will support mainstream services by enhancing healthcare delivery to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Working with the Improvement Foundation, the RACGP and NACCHO will administer a new Australian Primary Care Collaborative (APCC), looking at how to enhance implementation of the National Guide and how mainstream practices can improve delivery of culturally targeted healthcare.

The APCC program has a proven record of accomplishment in supporting health professionals and services with creating long-term sustainable improvements using innovative and exploratory methods to develop, test and implement change.

Your participation in the program will influence how we deliver health services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people into the future.

Your service or practice need to commit to minimum requirements, including one GP and one staff member to actively participate in workshops, webinars and other activities during a six-month period.

To find our more or to express interest in participating in the project, please contact RACGP Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health.

International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples

The International Day of World’s Indigenous Peoples was commemorated on 9 August, an annual day of observance and recognition of the approximately 370 million Indigenous peoples living in the world across 90 countries.

In recognition of this event, the RACGP profiled Karl Briscoe, CEO of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers Association, who attended the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Peoples (the Forum) in May 2018.

Mr Briscoe highlighted the significance of the Forum and the opportunities it provided him to learn from Indigenous representatives all over the world. He also speaks about the significance of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which has been adopted by the United Nations General Assembly.

Read more about Karl’s experience at the Forum on newsGP. 

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Currently on the space, you can catch up on the National Guide podcasts and read the latest media releases.

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External news and opportunities*

Aboriginal Health Television

An audience-targeted, culturally relevant Aboriginal Health Television (AHTV) network will be delivered to hundreds of Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHS).

AHTV will be developed by health communications company, Tonic Health Media, as a not-for-profit enterprise, with oversight from its Indigenous Advisory Board.

The AHTV network will operate as a non-profit enterprise in collaboration with the Federal Government and state, territory and local Aboriginal health service providers.

According to Assoc Prof Chris Lawrence, a member of the advisory board, the delivery of a culturally relevant television network that connects with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities will contribute to transmitting important health messages and ultimately improving health outcomes.

‘AHTV will send health messages with Aboriginal and Torres Strait people who tell their stories about health and wellbeing, which in turn encourages positive health outcomes,’ Assoc Prof Lawrence said.

Health messages will be delivered on issues, such as smoking, eye and ear checks, skin conditions, diet, immunisation, sexual health, diabetes, and drug and alcohol treatment services.

To reach the 50% of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people using non-Aboriginal health services, programming from the AHTV network will also extend to existing Tonic Health Media digital platforms that are broadcast to general practice, hospital and pharmacy waiting areas.

Media release from Tonic Health Media.

Australasian Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Conference

Wednesday and Thursday 21–22 November 2018

The second Australasian Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Conference (FASD2018) will be held in Perth.

FASD2018 is hosted by the FASD Research Australia Centre of Research Excellence (CRE) and will encompass the latest perspectives relating to prevention, diagnosis and management of FASD. The conference theme, ‘FASD our science, our stories’, reflects the importance of strong partnerships between researchers, practitioners and families in this field.

FASD2018 will bring together a diverse group of delegates, including academics, health professionals, educators, lawyers, politicians, parents and carers, people who support parents and carers, as well as individuals who have FASD.

The program includes sessions on supporting rural and remote communities, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health.

Registrations are now open.

 

Survey of clinicians – Australian models of care for HIV negative patients receiving antiretrovirals as pre-exposure prophylaxis

The University of Sydney is conducting a research study about the evolving services of delivering pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to people at risk of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection in Australia. It is a study of knowledge, experiences and the opinions of health professionals engaged or interested in the provision of HIV prevention to patients at risk for HIV infection.

As part of the study, a national survey of health professionals (clinicians and pharmacists) is being conducted about the prescription of HIV medications as PrEP.

The survey is investigating your knowledge and opinions about PrEP implementation. The responses will help to evaluate providers’ awareness of, and willingness to, prescribe PrEP. It will also gather your views as to how PrEP services can be best delivered to inform better models of PrEP delivery in Australia.

Take the survey. We appreciate your feedback.

 

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