RACGP Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health

03 Member engagement

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Associate Professor Peter O’Mara

FRACGP

Chair, RACGP Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health

I would like to acknowledge the significant contribution and continued dedication of the RACGP Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Board and Education Committee over the past 12 months.

The strong partnership between the RACGP and the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) continued this year, with the launch of the third edition of the National guide to a preventive health assessment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people by the Hon Ken Wyatt MP, Minister for Indigenous Health, at Parliament House. Following this success, the Department of Health has agreed to fund further work, in partnership with NACCHO.

The continued growth of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander general practice workforce remains a key priority. We have seen an increase in the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander candidates successfully applying for the Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) program and look forward seeing them complete their training.

Our commitment to developing a culturally responsive GP workforce was strengthened through the delivery of the active learning module ‘Saving lives: Prevention in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health’ at GP17. Also at GP17 we were honoured to announce Dr Josie Guyer as the inaugural recipient of the Growing Strong Award.

We continued to advocate on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health policy issues, with a submission to the Closing the Gap Refresh consultation among other key advocacy activities.

The past year has seen our member numbers continue to grow rapidly and we look forward to further interest and engagement from our growing membership for the year ahead.

Highlights of 2017–18:

  • Launch of the third edition of the National guide to a preventive health assessment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and funding for ongoing work.
  • Inaugural Growing Strong Award presented at GP17.
  • Delivery of the new active learning module ‘Saving lives: Prevention in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health’ at GP17.