A new Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, customised to meet the needs of Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service (ACCHS) staff in areas of Cultural Safety, has attracted participants from across NSW.
Participants from as far afield as Griffith Aboriginal Medical Service, Yerin Aboriginal Health Services (Wyong), Tobwabba Aboriginal Medical Service (Forster), Orange Aboriginal Medical Service, Galambila Aboriginal Health Services (Coffs Harbour) and Armajun Aboriginal Health Service (Armidale and Inverell), met in Sydney last week for the first three days of the course.
The nationally recognised course is the only one of its kind. GP Synergy, the general practice regional training organisation covering NSW and ACT, has commissioned TAFE OTEN (Open Training and Education Network) to partner with them in the development and delivery of the course.
“Recognising that there are complex social, cultural, and clinical dimensions involved in successful Aboriginal health service delivery is necessary to improve health outcomes for Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander people and communities,” GP Synergy’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Education Unit Manager Mr Darren Green said.
“This course will enable participants to deliver Cultural Safety training in their own services, ensuring health care professionals improve the care of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people by creating culturally safe environments.
“By encouraging and supporting Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander health professionals we’re taking an important step towards closing the gap in the health disparity experienced by Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander people,” he said.
Jane Lennis from Galambila Aboriginal Health Service is undertaking the course to develop her training and development skills to better support staff development in the workplace.
“There are three of us from Galambila doing the course; we’ll be able to work together on developing in-house training that will have a direct correlation to skills development in our Aboriginal health workforce,” she said.
Supporting ACCHSs is a key action for GP Synergy, who was the first GP regional training organisation to establish an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Education Unit. Collaborating with ACCHSs, and understanding their needs and ways GP Synergy can help close the gap, underpins GP Synergy’s Reconciliation Action Plan and Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Health Strategic Plan.