Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health is an important aspect of General Practice Training Tasmania (GPTT) and experience in this area is key to becoming a clinically and culturally competent GP. GPTT is committed to providing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health training with a view to help ‘Close the Gap’.
An overarching strategic priority for the program is to contribute to ‘Closing the Gap’ to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health disadvantage by delivering high quality, innovative, regionally-based training programs which produce a GP workforce that meets the primary healthcare needs of all Australians. The overarching purpose for GPTT’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health training strategic plan is to expand capacity, increase activity and improve quality of general practice training provided in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health settings.
Some of our past and current initiatives under the program include:
The delivery of an outreach service for frail, socially isolated, elderly Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients with chronic diseases
GP registrars planning and organising their learning, specifically facilitated by the Medical Director from the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre.
Aimed at increasing the skills and knowledge of attendees by uniquely experiencing the Tasmanian Aboriginal culture.
Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre collaborating with other health service providers to identify and coordinate various partnership initiatives
Providing varies incentives for GP registrars to spend a significant part of their training at the Aboriginal Health Service in Launceston and Burnie and persuade future GP registrars to choose the services as part of their GP training.
Several training and education sessions delivered to practice teams (and patients) at Tasmanian Aboriginal Medical services
Upgrading/refurbishing existing clinical rooms across the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre and further furnishing them with appropriate medical equipment