Reconciliation Action Plan
Since the last newsletter we can report that Reconciliation Australia has provided provisional endorsement of EVs RAP and we have begun production of the final document. There is a final approval process to go through and we are hopeful an official launch can take place around October or November this year.
New look Aboriginal health web pages
The Aboriginal Health Team has been working with the EV Communications and Marketing team over the past few months re-vamping the Aboriginal health web pages and we are thrilled with the result. Please visit EVs web site and have a browse. Feedback welcome – email firstname.lastname@example.org
Supervisor Residential Workshops
Attendees at the Supervisor Residential Workshop in May heard from keynote speaker Dr Kali Hawyard about “Impact of racism on social and emotional well-being of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people”. Kali is a well-known GP and medical educator based in South Australia. At the October Workshop, Dr Greg Phillips will address participants about “Aboriginal Health, Cultural Safety and Medical Education”. Greg is a medical anthropologist and has a PhD in psychology. Its important for our supervisors and medical educators to hear from such renowned Aboriginal people about cultural safety matters. emember – approx. 80% of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples live in regional and metropolitan Australia so many of our doctors will be consulting with Aboriginal peoples at some time.
The Aboriginal Health Team also offers cultural safety training to practices via the practice managers’ meetings and attending individual clinics with a 1 – 1.5 hr session.
NAIDOC Week 02 – 09 July
EV celebrated NAIDOC Week with a presentation from Ms Karen Milward, educating us about why NAIDOC Week is so important to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and that it is a week of celebration. We also heard from our own Senior Aboriginal Health Educator and Advisor about NAIDOC Week history. EV also funded a table at the Victorian NAIDOC Ball for staff and community members from one of our partner Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services.