The Aboriginal Health Team has continued to make a strong contribution to the education and training program with our cultural educators working alongside medical educators in registrar and supervisor workshops during Semester 2. The team also support our Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service training posts and registrars on placement in these posts.
Our Senior Aboriginal Health Educator & Advisor, Professor Marlene Drysdale, has also been involved in many discussions and meetings at a strategic level relating to transition to college-led training.
A good percentage of our collective energies have been directed to the Cultural Safety for Supervisors Research Project which is winding up at the end of this year.
Key achievements of the project include development of:
- All of us every : A Cultural Safety Framework informed by research and information from the stakeholder audit conducted around September last year, and
- Two education modules – Cultural Awareness (on-line) and Cultural Safety, designed for face-to-face delivery – although by necessity delivered on-line in 2021.
Feedback from both modules have been very positive.
The Cultural Safety Framework document can be viewed here. While this document is EV specific, it is intended to be shared broadly as other organisations may wish to adapt EV’s framework to suit their own needs, with permission/attribution.
The audit set out to gather, views, beliefs, experiences and recommendations for learning materials from EV cohort groups – corporate and educational leaders; staff; cultural advisors and medical educators; supervisors; registrars, practice managers plus members of the National Cultural Educator and Cultural Mentor Network. We are grateful to the 72 people who participated.
The audit results showed that overall the commitment to cultural safety at EV was mostly rated as very committed or moderately committed. Broadly, some individuals were active in seeking to increase their cultural awareness and create cultural safety in the practices. Some noted that they had experienced pushback around cultural awareness and safety in their workplaces and were seeking ways to address this in the future.
It was interesting to see the list of participant-recommended learning materials and sources of information. These are included in the Framework document.
The first module, Cultural Awareness, is now available in EVe, the EV learning management system, for supervisors and practice managers to complete. Users need to log into EVe using their OKTA account then enrol into the module. Supervisors and practice managers may complete the module in stages and can leave and re-enter the program multiple times. If users encounter issues logging into EVe please contact email@example.com with the user’s login name. Otherwise all other enquiries can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We hope supervisors and practice managers enjoy completing the Cultural Awareness module as much as we have enjoyed producing it.
Where to from here? As a bit of a teaser look out for two new education modules in 2022 – Racism, privilege and unconscious bias, and Trauma and trauma-informed care.
Inaugural Aboriginal Health Award
EV included a new Outstanding Contribution to Aboriginal Health category in its annual Awards program this year. Congratulations to Dr Sophie Lindstedt on winning this award. Sophie has been on placement at Gippsland and East Gippsland Aboriginal Cooperative and Bairnsdale Medical Group this year.
Sophie’s contribution and dedication to Aboriginal health has been felt throughout a variety of rural locations. She gained valuable insights into working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities during her placements in Katherine and Alice Springs in the Northern Territory placements which she specifically undertook to improve her knowledge. Additionally, she has sought to extend her knowledge of Aboriginal communities through working in East Gippsland. Sophie understands the importance of the social determinants of health and how they impact on patient care. Sophie has always been committed to working with Aboriginal communities in order to help close the gap. She takes the time to build effective relationships with her Aboriginal patients and balance patient priorities against their individual medical needs. Sophie’s compassionate, culturally safe, and competent manner has seen her become highly trusted and sought after within rural communities.
We would like to thank all those who have contributed to and embraced the work of the Aboriginal Health Team at EV throughout the year.
We thank all who have made a positive contribution towards improving health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients and communities. The entire EV community has a role to play in caring for and listening to our First Nations peoples.
Remember, cultural safety is for all of us every day.