How can you help Close the Gap?
It’s hard to believe the enormous gap that exists between the health of indigenous Australians and non-indigenous Australians:
- Indigenous Australians can expect to live 10-17 years less than other Australians.
- Babies born to Aboriginal mothers die at more than twice the rate of other Australian babies.
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people experience higher rates of preventable illness such as heart disease, kidney disease and diabetes*.
You can help close the gap by undertaking a placement in an Aboriginal Medical Service (AMS) during your training.
What Aboriginal health training opportunities does GP Synergy offer?
There are many Aboriginal Medical Services located within GP Synergy’s training footprint that are accredited to train GP Synergy registrars.
What are the benefits of undertaking an AMS placement during training?
Registrars who have undertaken an AMS placement as part of their training say there are many reasons why they would recommend it to others:
- Opportunity to experience types of medicine that registrars may not normally get exposure i.e. management of complex chronic conditions, etc.
- AMS placements are generally salaried positions which enable flexibility in consultation times and number of patients seen.
- An AMS placement provides a unique opportunity to explore & understand another culture.
How does GP Synergy help Close the Gap?
GP Synergy recognises that too many Aboriginal people experience unacceptable levels of disadvantage. Our goal is to develop mutually beneficial relationships with Aboriginals by building a culturally diverse health workforce and by raising the awareness of all our stakeholders about the unique cultural history that Aboriginal people enjoy, particularly in our regions.
Reconciliation Action Plan
GP Synergy has developed a Reconciliation Action Plan to help us work towards making an impact on the life expectancy and health status of Aborigines.
The plan represents our desire and commitment to embrace the healing process of past inflicted pain, suffering, and hurt on the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community. It is a ‘bridge’ towards understanding and accepting what reconciliation means to us, individually and collectively; and what reconciliation means to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
GP Synergy’s vision is to work in partnership with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community towards reconciliation. Our intention is to enculturate values and practices that tackle the continuing state of inequity in the health and social opportunity of Indigenous Australia. We will ensure that our actions towards reconciliation are meaningful and result in demonstrably positive outcomes for the benefit of the community.
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Practice Management Diploma for Aboriginal Medical Services
In 2015, GP Synergy in collaboration with TAFE OTEN, developed a nationally recognised Diploma in Practice Management for Aboriginal Medical Services to meet the specific needs of practice managers and staff working in Aboriginal medical service facilities.
The customised diploma recognises the important role of practice management in the effective functioning of primary healthcare facilities and the complex social, cultural, and clinical dimensions that need to be coordinated and work in harmony for successful Aboriginal health service delivery.
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Take a journey through Australian Aboriginal history with GP Synergy’s free Solitaire app game
GP Synergy’s Aboriginal Liaison Officer, and Moree Elder, Moree elder, Aunty Val Dahlstrom, has designed an app to ensure younger generations understand Aboriginal Australian history since colonisation.
The app, in the form of a solitaire game, provides players with insights into the events that have shaped the health of Aboriginal people in Australia.
“Australian history belongs to all of us, Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people alike.
No matter where you go these days you will always see someone playing games on a phone or other gadget.
I like solitaire and I respect our history, and it concerns me that people don’t seem to know all that much about it.
So put the two of them together and we are planting a seed which will sprout, and flower so that our history is there for others to see, and to own and cherish.”
Val Dahlstrom, Moree Elder and Gp Synergy Aboriginal Liaison Officer
Solitaire Explore is available for free from the Apple App Store and Google Play for Android – simply search ‘Solitaire Explore‘ or go to: http://solitaire.gpsynergy.com.au/