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Cultural Mentors to close the gap

Gary Walsh Cultural Mentor

5 July 2017

Cultural Mentors are an integral part of the training process for GMT registrars throughout Queensland.

They navigate new registrars through culture and country so they can provide the best possible service to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Gary Walsh, Indigenous Hospital Liaison Officer at the Joyce Palmer Health Service, said he was proud to be a Cultural Mentor on Palm Island.

As Cultural Mentor, Mr Walsh helps to broaden the educational material and introduce new registrars to the community.

“Palm Island is a big community made up of 40 plus tribes, from different areas of Queensland, with their own separate dialects,” said Mr Walsh.

“It’s really important for registrars to understand that there are different ways to communicate in different cultural groups.”

Mr Walsh encouraged registrars to consider Palm Island as a place to live and work for an extended period.

“Palm Island is an excellent place to live. It’s great, great scene, great fishing spots, I mean the hospital is only 50m away from the beach.

“In a few months you’re going to learn so much, gain so much knowledge and meet so many great people, that you’re going to look to come back.”

Visit Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health for more details.