Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
Closing the gap between the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous Australians is a national priority. GMT is committed to developing a general practice workforce that is able to work effectively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples towards improving their health outcomes. With approximately 100,000 Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders (two-thirds of Queensland’s total) in GMT’s footprint, there are a variety of opportunities for Registrars to develop an extended scope of practice in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health.
What Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health training opportunities does GMT offer?
GMT offers Training Posts in a range of accredited Aboriginal Community Controlled Services (ACCHS) and state government health services, including urban, rural, remote and fly-in/fly-out settings. GMT encourages all Registrars to undertake a training experience in one or more of these Training Posts.
Almost any term of your general practice training can be undertaken in an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Training Post, where you will be working as a member of a skilled and enthusiastic primary health care team. Advanced and Extended skills, as well as Academic posts in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health, are also available.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health training facilities within the GMT region are listed below:
Charleville and surrounding areas
Hervey Bay and Maryborough
Innisfail and surrounding area
Thursday Island based
What Cultural Training is Provided?
All Registrars are required to complete educational activities related to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health as a mandatory component of training. For the 2017 year, cultural competency training has the following components that must be satisfactorily completed:
- RACGP or ACRRM online cultural awareness modules which will familiarise you with the broad cultural context of working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
- Locally delivered cultural competency workshops and activities, organised through your local training office. While training in an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Training Post, a cultural mentor will be part of your team to familiarise you and support you in working within the specific cultural context of the local people and community.
GMT is developing a cultural education framework which will offer an additional variety of learning experiences for Registrars to enhance their learning and enable more regionally contextualised application of knowledge.
Interested in working in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health? Check out these videos:
- Rural Generalist series, Indigenous health: https://www.health.qld.gov.au/ruralgeneralist/content/greatadventure.asp
- The Good GP: The Two of Us – Aboriginal GP, Dr Shannon Springer:
Reconciliation Action Plan
Please click the below link to read about James Cook Universities commitment to enhancing the lives of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples through its Reconciliation Action Plan, which is available on the JCU website: https://www.jcu.edu.au/australian-aboriginal-and-torres-strait-islander-information/partnerships-and-development/reconciliation
We would also encourage everyone to visit the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander information portal for more information, including JCU’s cultural protocols guide, calendar of events and links to community networks: https://www.jcu.edu.au/australian-aboriginal-and-torres-strait-islander-information