Aboriginal health a key focus for GP training in NSW/ACT - GP Synergy

Aboriginal health a key focus for GP training in NSW/ACT

GP_Synergy_Aboriginal_Health_AMS-Dip_May_2016_webAboriginal health remains a core focus in the training of doctors specialising as GPs with GP Synergy – the sole provider of the Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) program in NSW and the ACT.

This week, twenty staff from Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHS) across NSW/ACT are embarking on the GP Synergy TAFE OTEN Aboriginal Medical Service Practice Management Diploma.

Now in its second year, the nationally recognised first of its kind diploma was developed by GP Synergy in collaboration with TAFE OTEN to meet the specific needs of practice managers and staff working in ACCHS facilities.

“Like traditional practice management diplomas, the GP Synergy TAFE OTEN diploma provides participants with the practical practice management skills required for the effective functioning of any general practice, however it is tailored to recognise the complex social, cultural, and clinical dimensions of Aboriginal health,” says GP Synergy Chief Executive Officer, Mr John Oldfield.

The diploma runs over a six month period and includes a series of face to face and distance learning activities.

2016 participants include staff from ACCHS facilities across NSW/ACT including Broken Hill, Coffs Harbour, Coonamble, Kempsey, Moree, Newcastle, Nowra, Orange, Tamworth, Walgett and Wyong.

In another exciting first, GP Synergy has established an Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Cultural Education Unit as an innovative approach to support GP registrar training in NSW/ACT ACCHS facilities.

The GP Synergy Aboriginal Cultural Education Unit has responsibility to implement, monitor and review the priorities of the GP Synergy Aboriginal Health Strategic Plan 2016-18.

To achieve the priorities in the GP Synergy Aboriginal Health Strategic Plan 2016-18, the GP Synergy Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Aboriginal Cultural Education Unit will take a regional approach to managing and ensuring GP registrars and NSW/ACT ACCHSs have the critical support they need to maximise the training experience and outcomes.

“The unit is fundamental to ensuring strong cultural representation with GP Synergy, and developing tangible supports and links to each Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service in NSW and ACT,” says Mr Oldfield.

“Within this instrumental unit there will be a particular focus on working with AMS services in the development of localised cultural health mentoring arrangements and supports for GP registrars in training, other health workers and administrative staff of the AMS.”

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