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Aboriginal Health Training News (December 2018)

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Registrars on placement in Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services

In 2018, four registrars took up part time placements in ACCHS who between them will deliver approximately 52 FTE weeks of GP services. There has been a slow but steady increase in service delivery in these settings since Eastern Victoria GP Training formed in 2016 – 32 FTE weeks in 2016 and almost 46 FTE weeks in 2017.

Five registrars will take up part time placements in 2019 at Gippsland and East Gippsland Aboriginal Cooperative in Bairnsdale, Ramahyuck Morwell and Bunurong Health Services in Dandenong.

EV is grateful to the ACCHS that commit to providing a rich training experience for our registrars and to the supervisors who provide supervision, education and pastoral support to these registrars under a remote supervision model.


ev-gp-training-rapReconciliation Action Plan 2017-2019

In 2018, there were over 60 RAP activities scheduled for action with approximately 55 completed or partially completed.

Some highlights for the year include:

  • Staff undertaking a guided tour of the Bunjilaka Exhibition at the Melbourne Museum as part of our cultural education program.
  • Metro based GPT 1 registrars and practice manager’s participation in the Birrarung Marr cultural excursion.
  • Increased presence and input from Cultural Advisors and Cultural Educators to the registrar workshop program.
  • Direct support to ACCHS:
    • funding of a Women’s Health event at Ramahyuck during National Reconciliation Week
    • supporting Elders to attend the East Gippsland NAIDOC ball, and
    • equipment and resources grants provided to Bunurong Health Service and Lakes Entrance Aboriginal Health Association.

EV will soon commence the process of developing a new RAP for the 2019-2021 period.


Eastern Victoria GP Training (EV) partners with Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services to host a Practice Manager Network Meeting

On 19 September 2018, Practice Managers and key staff from ACCHS across our training footprint were invited to attend an event to share insights, network and gain new skills. The event was held in Traralgon and attended by representatives from the Lake Tyers Health and Children’s Services (LTH&CS), Lakes Entrance Aboriginal Health Association (LEAHA), Ramahyuck District Aboriginal Corporation and Healesville Indigenous Community Services Association (HICSA).

Participants were provided with information about the EV training program, delivered by Val Treneman, Manager Rural Pathway Program, which prompted a good level of conversation and increased interest in the program. Guest presenter, Jeff Stedman, from Riviera Counselling Service delivered a session on Professional Supervision and Self Care. The session explored the idea of capacity building for clinical supervision in the health workforce and aimed to create a safe space allowing participants the opportunity to engage in and seek feedback on complex matters that can be challenging when operating within a community setting. The remainder of the program was devoted to networking and sharing information which will be used to guide development of future events.

Feedback from the group was extremely positive and further meetings are planned in 2019.  Please contact Brian Stevens, Senior Aboriginal Health Liaison Officer at brian.stevens@evgptraining.com.au for further information.