Reconciliation a priority for GP training - GP Synergy

Reconciliation a priority for GP training

Lisa Orcher, Aunty Val Dahlstrom, John Oldfield and Liz Degotardi

A state-wide launch was a fitting way to celebrate the accreditation of GP Synergy’s Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP).

The official proceedings were held in GP Synergy’s Chippendale office and streamed to eight locations throughout NSW and the ACT. Each location played host to GPs and staff from accredited GP training practices, GP registrars and GP Synergy staff.

“The driving force for our RAP has been the recognition that too many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people experience unacceptable levels of health inequality,” John Oldfield GP Synergy’s CEO said.

Mr Oldfield said that through GP training, and supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health professionals, GP Synergy can play a role in closing the gap.

“Working collaboratively with Aboriginal community controlled health services is important to GP Synergy.

“This collaboration is being driven by our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Education Unit – the first to be established by a GP regional training organisation,” Mr Oldfield said.

Aunty Val Dahlstrom GP Synergy’s Aboriginal Liaison Officer said there are complex social, cultural, and clinical dimensions involved in successful Aboriginal health service delivery.

“Ensuring health professionals improve the care of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people by creating culturally safe health care settings and services is a priority for us, and is an important step towards closing the gap,” Ms Dahlstrom said.

The RAP launch also coincided with the four-monthly meeting of GP Synergy’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Committee.

Committee membership comprises CEOs and other community-based health professionals from the NSW and ACT Aboriginal community controlled health sector including the peak body for NSW, the Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council of NSW.