Karl Briscoe has been named as the most outstanding graduate in the 2016 Diploma of Practice Management at the TAFE NSW Open Training Education Network (OTEN) Student Awards night in Burwood on Thursday night.
Formerly the Clinical Services Manager at Galambila Aboriginal Medical Service at Coffs Harbour and now CEO at the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker Association, Mr Briscoe completed a version of the course designed specifically for Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHS).
The nationally recognised Diploma in Practice Management for Aboriginal Medical Services is the only one of its kind. GP Synergy, the Regional Training Organisation covering NSW and ACT, has commissioned TAFE OTEN to partner with them in the development and delivery of the course.
“The diploma provides a platform for practice managers to be able to provide evidence-based best practice in the delivery of culturally appropriate health care,” Mr Briscoe said.
“Bringing together staff from Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations across NSW and ACT also enables an invaluable knowledge transfer between the organisations we represent,” he said.
Supporting ACCHSs is a key action for GP Synergy, having established the first Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Education Unit within the GP regional training organisation environment.
“As part of the GP Synergy Reconciliation Action Plan and Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Health Strategic Plan, we support NSW ACT ACCHS staff to complete the diploma,” GP Synergy’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Education Unit Manager Mr Darren Green said.
“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.
“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,” Mr Green said.
GP Synergy is supporting the third cohort of ACCHS staff to undertake the diploma – their studies will begin in April.
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