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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health

About GMT's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health GP training program

Closing the gap between the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous Australians is a national priority.

At James Cook University (JCU), we acknowledge the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the Traditional Owners of the lands and waters where we operate our business. We pay our respects to ancestors and Elders, past, present and future.

We honour Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples' unique cultural and spiritual relationships to the land, waters and seas and their rich contribution to the University and society.

JCU delivers a GP training program, and is committed to developing a general practice workforce that works effectively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples towards improving their health outcomes.

Two-thirds of Queensland’s approximately 100,000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people live within the GMT region, which means there are a variety of opportunities for registrars to develop an extended scope of practice in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health. Find out more about training opportunities in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander

Read JCU'S Reconciliation Statement 

JCU's Reconciliation Action Plan 

Cultural Education Components

GMT provides registrars with a range of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health educational activities including:

Cultural Awareness Module

RACGP or ACRRM online modules must be satisfactorily completed within the first two months of commencing the term.

Cultural Awareness Workshops

Cultural awareness workshops are delivered locally within the GMT regions by our Cultural Educator.

‘Half-Day Release’ Education Sessions

Local medical educators conduct regular education sessions throughout the year. Many of these incorporate clinical applications to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health settings to extend Registrar knowledge and understanding.

Online Learning Resources

Registrars have access to a number of online learning resources in MyGMT. These resources include interactive and strengths based clinical case studies in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health.

Cultural Mentoring in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Services

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural mentors support registrars during their training in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health services. They provide advice on a day to day basis on cultural and other matters in accordance with individual needs. They also work with cultural educators to formulate and deliver local cultural awareness and capability training.

Training Opportunities

GMT offers registrars the opportunity to undertake training in a range of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Service settings. Find out more about the training opportunities

Partnerships and Engagement

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Training Program Forum

This is held annually for our key stakeholders to discuss JCU’s GP training program’s progress in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health over the last 12 months and plans for the future.  At this forum, the key stakeholders (including representatives from all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander training posts in the region, JCU staff and Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council) provide direction in strategic planning activities and program development to assist JCU to further improve the health outcomes for those in remote and rural Queensland.

Communities of Practice – Cultural Mentors Meetings

These communities of practice workshops are held twice a year with the JCU cultural mentors across Queensland. This is an opportunity to collaborate, network and share stories of good practice and innovation in how the cultural mentors are engaging with the GP registrars.  The cultural mentor guide and cultural mentor logbook evolved from these communities of practice workshops.

Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council

The Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council (QAIHC) is a leadership and policy organisation. Established in 1990 they are the peak organisation representing all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Controlled Health Services (CCHS) in Queensland at both a state and national level. QAIHC are a key partner in the delivery of JCU’s GP training program.  

Cultural Educator and Cultural Mentor Network

JCU actively support participation of cultural educators and mentors in this national network. JCU are also represented on the governance committee.

Strategic Partnership Group

JCU actively participate in a collaboration with Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council (QAIHC) and General Practice Training Queensland (GPTQ) to provide strategic direction and coordination at a policy level of training and workforce across Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in Queensland.

Committees

GMT – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Working Group

This a group comprised of key individuals with diverse experience in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health training space. The group meet regularly to provide direction and oversight of the various activities in the GP training program.

Key Dates

The following is a list of significant dates in relation to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities: 

  • 26 January - Survival Day
  • 13 February - Anniversary of Apology to Australia’s Indigenous People
  • 16March - National Close the Gap Day
  • 21 March - Harmony Day. Coincides with United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
  • 26 May - National Sorry Day
  • 27 May - Anniversary of the 1967 Referendum
  • 27 May – 3rd June - National Reconciliation Week
  • 3 June - Mabo Day
  • 1 July - Coming of the Light
  • 8 – 15 July - NAIDOC Week
  • 4 August - National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day
  • 9 August - International Day of the Worlds Indigenous People
Contact

Contact your local office

Contact the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health program Team 

The program team are here to help you with all enquiries related to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health training.

Email: gmt.atsih@jcu.edu.au

Phone: (07) 4781 4186

Artwork

In 2018 GMT commissioned Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists from across North West Queensland to design artworks that were representative of a story about provision of healthcare in the community, for the community and by the community. These artworks are now proudly displayed in our regional offices across Queensland and featured in GMT resources.

Get In Touch

Ph: 1300 823 874
Building 39, Level 1,
James Cook University,
Townsville QLD 4811