Cultural Awareness for General Practice. Implementing a RACGP response to the Cultural Awareness training requirements of the Indigenous Practice Incentive . Jill Dixon National Advisor. RACGP commitment.
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Implementing a RACGP response to the Cultural Awareness training requirements of the Indigenous Practice Incentive
To work together to improve the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
Improving the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people is one of Australia’s highest health priorities. RACGP is committed to raising awareness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health needs. As a result, the RACGP National Faculty of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health has been formed to help ‘close the gap’.
Established February 2010
Dr Brad Murphy, a remote area solo GP in central Queensland and an Aboriginal man from the Kamilaroi people of northwest NSW.
“The health issues facing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are important to me for personal reasons. These are my people and my family. The disparities in health outcomes in remote communities hit close to home for me.”
Cultural awareness education is usually the first building block toward cultural safety. It helps participants to extend their knowledge about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and culture, explore attitudes and values that can influence their perceptions and behaviours, better understand some of the key issues facing Indigenous people and the health professionals who work with them and explore ways to be more culturally aware.
Cultural safety training helps participants understand what is needed to develop ‘an environment that is safe for people: where there is no assault, challenge or denial of their identity, of who they are and what they need.’ It usually involves participants identifying and planning improvements to their cultural safety practices, assisted by local Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander community representatives.
Williams R. Cultural Safety – What does it mean for our work practice? Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health 1999; 23:213-4
Session 1: Background and Context
Session 2: Current Experience
Session 3: Ideas for Action