Aboriginal Health

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health is an important aspect of general practice training and experience in this area is key to becoming a clinically and culturally competent GP.

This training contributes to the Council of Australian Government’s (COAG’s) strategy towards closing the gap in health inequalities between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other Australians. This contribution is made by increasing access to quality primary health care by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Undertaking a post in an ACCHS provides the opportunity to experience cultural immersion.

During your post you will be practising in a community setting, which will enable you to participate in a multidisciplinary team, to clinically manage a range of complex chronic diseases and in turn learn to provide culturally appropriate, holistic primary health care.

General practice training in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health can provide a model for general practice, which is appropriate in a wide range of situations.

You will learn to better understand the social and emotional needs of your Aboriginal and Torres Strait patients through consideration and evaluation of the role of local community relationships and their cultural connections.

The skills you develop while undertaking a post will benefit you wherever you choose to work in the future.

Definitions

ACCHS Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service
Katungul Katungul Aboriginal Corporation Community and Medical Services
NACCHO National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation
RAP Reconciliation Action Plan
RivMed Riverina Medical & Dental Aboriginal Corporation
Winnunga Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health Service

Acknowledgement

We acknowledge and celebrate the traditional owners of this land and pay our respects to their elders past and present. We also acknowledge their ongoing connection to this land.

Dharawal Illawarra region (from Botany Bay and Campbelltown in the north through the Nepean, Wollondilly, Georges, and Cataract water catchments, west to Moss Vale and south to the Shoalhaven River and Jervis Bay)
Wuradjuri Stretching from the eastern boundary of the Great Dividing Range. Drawing a line from the present towns of Hay and Nyngan approximates the western boundary. While Gunnedah and Albury mark the northern and southern boundaries of Wiradjuri country.
Ngannawal Is defined by its neighbours Gundungurra to the north, the Ngarigo to the south, the Yuin on the coast, and the Wiradjuri inland.

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