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Indigenous health general practice posts 

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The Aboriginal Medical Services provide Aboriginal community-controlled care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health

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Working at an AMS gives you an insight into how primary health care works in a cross-cultural setting. You’ll improve your understanding of Indigenous health problems and issues, develop your skills in culturally safe communication and, most importantly, make a contribution to ‘closing the gap’ in Indigenous health outcomes. The unique challenges of working in an AMS are matched by invaluable rewards. In an AMS clinic, you will gain the skills to adapt your approach, and even your world view, as you explore the intricacies of Indigenous culture.

Supervisors at Aboriginal Medical Services have endorsed special skills in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and are committed to passing on these skills to the next generation of doctors. At all these posts, you will be using item numbers related to Indigenous health on a daily basis. All posts are accredited for FRACGP while a few are suitable for FACRRM. Some rural posts may be suitable for FARGP, but this is something you’d need to discuss with the individual training provider. Except where specified, all posts fall under supervision level 1, meaning the supervisor takes direct responsibility for all patients. Registrars are generally expected to work weekdays only, with no weekend or after-hours responsibilities.

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Indigenous health posts

Kambu

GPTQ Accredited clinic locations: Goodna and Laidley 

Kambu delivers a vast array of holistic and primary health care services to local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities including chronic disease management, sexual health screening, wound management and health action plans.  

Both clinics have exceptional teams of dedicated support staff including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers and benefit from visiting allied health services including physiotherapy, podiatry, dietetics, psychology, psychiatry, occupational therapy, diabetes education, dental, speech pathology, pharmacy, audiology and optometry. 

Kambu offers cultural mentoring to assist registrars with a deeper understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and developing rewarding client relationships. Regular multidisciplinary team meetings and case conferencing give staff an opportunity to share and collaborate. All staff are trained in workplace health and safety, and chaperones are available for home visits. Kambu also provides a transport service to assist clients to appointments. 

Goolburri Aboriginal Health Advancement

GPTQ Accredited clinic location: Toowoomba 

Goolburri Aboriginal Health Advancement is a non-profit organisation dedicated to providing holistic and culturally appropriate primary health care, family support and aged care services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in Toowoomba and surrounds.  

The clinic places strong focus on strengthening family and community bonds of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities by offering education and support to help clients manage their own health and wellbeing. Goolburri values teamwork and encourages staff to collaborate in decision making and provision of care. 

Yulu-Burri-Ba

GPTQ Accredited clinic locations: Capalaba, Dunwich and Wynnum

Yulu-Burri-Ba (YBB) prides itself on providing safe, friendly, confidential and culturally appropriate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary health care. The clinics’ health care services and programs are aligned with the needs and health frameworks for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

The following services and programs are offered across ATSICHS Brisbane clinics:

  • General practice
  • Diabetes education
  • Family wellbeing
  • Occupational therapy
  • Eye health
  • Psychology
  • Nutrition
  • Ear health
  • Mums and bubs
  • Men’s group
  • Elders group
  • Podiatry
  • Speech and language
  • Physiotherapy
  • Paediatrics
  • Women’s health obstetric and gynaecological medicine 
  • Maternity services
  • Dental services
  • Client transport.

A strong focus is placed on involving clients in the planning, delivery, management and evaluation of health initiatives and offer programs in nutrition, physical activity and chronic disease management. The loyal client base across all clinics gives registrars the opportunity to provide continuity of care and build rewarding relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients. YBB employs a multidisciplinary team of doctors, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers and nurses with extensive experience who are committed to passing on their skilled knowledge through training programs. The clinics also benefit from visiting allied health and medical specialists each month.

Clients have access to a variety of diagnostic and treatment modalities to maintain a high standard of care and also give clinical staff opportunities to learn and develop new skills. Registrars have access to the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health (IUIH) cultural mentoring program and fortnightly group learning sessions with an IUIH medical educator. Monthly education sessions covering a variety of topics are held for the clinical team. All clinics follow strict workplace health and safety procedures and place a high importance on a professional and respectful workplace.

Moreton ATSICHS (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Health Service)

GPTQ Accredited clinic locations: Caboolture, Morayfield, Deception Bay, Margate and Strathpine

Moreton’s ATSICHS clinics offer experienced supervisors, social workers, psychologist, psychiatrist, Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs services worker and excellent support staff. A cultural mentoring program is provided by the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health (IUIH) and small-group cultural learnings are held fortnightly by an IUIH medical educator. Registrars will also participate in multidisciplinary team meetings and case conferencing.

All clinics benefit from a wide range of visiting rotating specialists including specialists in addiction medicine, paediatrics, endocrinology, psychiatry and cardiology as well as an extensive range of allied health services. The Moreton ATSICHS Family Wellbeing Service is also offered at the Morayfield clinic. All staff are trained in workplace health and safety, and chaperones are available at all times.

The following services and programs are offered across ATSICHS Brisbane clinics:

  • General practice
  • Oral health
  • Diabetes education
  • Eye health
  • Ear health
  • Psychology
  • Occupational therapy
  • Family wellbeing
  • Men’s group
  • Elders group
  • Mums and bubs
  • Nutrition
  • Podiatry
  • Speech and language
  • Physiotherapy
  • Paediatrics
  • Maternity services
  • Residential aged care
  • Dental services
  • Client transport.
Kalwun Health Services

GPTQ Accredited clinic location: Miami

Kalwun is the only Aboriginal community-controlled health service supporting the primary health care needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people on the Gold Coast. The Kalwun team of dedicated doctors, nurses and Aboriginal health workers provide holistic primary health care together with a range of onsite allied health services for their local communities.

The following services and programs are offered across medical health clinics located at Bilinga, Miami and Coomera’s Integrated Health and Wellbeing Hub:

  • General practice
  • Adult Occupational Therapy
  • Audiology
  • Dermatology
  • Diabetes Education
  • Dietetics
  • Paediatric Occupational Therapy
  • Paediatric Speech Therapy
  • Paediatrics
  • Physiotherapy
  • Psychiatry
  • Psychology
  • Men’s group
  • Women’s group
  • Mental health support
  • Antenatal, maternal, infant and child health
  • Social health services
  • Dental services
  • Client transport.

The clinics encourage annual health checks and offer care coordination, immunisation, as well as targeted health and research programs, school health checks, health promotion activities and community days. The Deadly Choices program, an initiative of the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health (IUIH), is provided to empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to make healthy choices for themselves and their families.

Inala Indigenous Health Service – Centre of Excellence

GPTQ Accredited clinic location: Inala

The Inala Indigenous Health Service (IIHS) is one of Australia’s leading Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health services. IIHS has a strong focus on academic research and learning, and continually undertake new research projects to improve holistic health care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. IIHS offers the following client focused health care services and programs:

  • General practice
  • Diabetes education
  • Family wellbeing
  • Eye health
  • Ear health
  • Nutrition & Dietitian
  • Mums and bubs
  • Men’s group
  • Paediatrics
  • Maternity services
  • Ophthalmology
  • Cardiology
  • Hepatology
  • Endocrinology
  • Rheumatology
  • Social work
  • Addiction specialist
  • Psychiatrist
  • Psychology
  • Mental Health team.

IIHS welcome registrars with an enthusiasm for improving the wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and seeking new approaches in holistic care for these communities. Courageous conversations about race and health care are encouraged. IIHS remains committed to making change at a grassroots level by providing culturally safe holistic health care across its Centre of Excellence as well as its allied health clinic, outreach service for women’s and children’s health, and research and community facility. All staff are trained in workplace health and safety and have access to a gym, community garden and full kitchen.

Goondir Health Services

GPTQ Accredited clinic location: Dalby

Goondir Health Services provide holistic primary health care and medical services to local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Goondir ‘Medicine Man’ in local Aboriginal language, places strong emphasis on comprehensive preventative health care, chronic disease management and client education. The clinic is actively involved in supporting and promoting intervention and educational programs that encourage and help clients to effectively self-manage their chronic conditions.

The clinic has a range of modern facilities including an onsite dental and pathology centre. Registrars will receive an extensive induction program and excellent support from the clinical team which comprises:

  • Aboriginal health practitioners
  • Practice pharmacist
  • Social and Emotional Wellbeing (SEWB) counsellor
  • Medicare coordinator
  • Allied health & specialist Coordinator
  • Registered nurses
  • Maternal & Child Health nurse
  • General practitioners
  • Virtual health services manager.

The practice pharmacist provides medication advice and education services to clients as well as providing home medication reviews. Working in collaboration with the SEWB counsellor, registrars will learn of the varied social issues faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people including intergenerational trauma impacts of the Stolen Generation and subsequent substance misuse.

The clinic also benefits from visiting allied health and medical specialists some including exercise physiologist, physiotherapist, chiropractor, speech pathologist, osteopath, podiatrist, diabetes educator, psychiatrist, clinical psychologists, respiratory specialist, endocrinologist and audiologist.

Carbal Medical Services

GPTQ Accredited clinic locations: Warwick and Toowoomba

Carbal Medical Services (Carbal) provide world-class medical and holistic health care to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, priding itself on delivering accessible culturally appropriate services. Carbal clinics provide comprehensive health care services and programs incorporating treatment, management, prevention and health promotion.

The following services and programs offered across clinics:

  • General practice
  • Multidisciplinary case conferencing
  • Diabetes education
  • Occupational therapy
  • Eye health
  • Psychology
  • Nutrition
  • Ear health
  • Podiatry
  • Physiotherapy
  • Chiropractor
  • Exercise physiologist
  • Pharmacist onsite
  • Maternity services including antenatal and postnatal outreach service
  • Family social and emotion wellbeing programs
  • Mums and bubs
  • Strong Mothers, Strong Families program
  • Strong Fathers, Strong Families program
  • Elders group
  • Alcohol and drug misuse program
  • Tackling Indigenous Smoking program
  • Addiction support programs
  • NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme)
  • Low intensity mental health support services
  • Indigenous Family Support Worker  Aboriginal Health Worker Outreach service
  • Pathology onsite, point of care testing, diabetic retinopathy screening and audiometry screening.
  • Client transport.

Carbal offers a dedicated team of highly skilled Indigenous health professionals and support staff including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers, chronic disease nurses and women’s wellness nurse and takes a flexible approach in continuing to evaluate their processes and systems to improve their holistic health care and address social determinants of health. Carbal Medical Services’ integrated team care program assists in improving access to primary health care by offering coordinated and supplementary services for patients with chronic disease.

Cultural mentoring is always available for registrars, as well as the opportunity to learn from community Elders. Registrars will be trained in RACGP/ACCRM accredited cultural awareness and will have access to one-on-one and group education sessions to expand their knowledge and skills.

Carbal’s newest offering in Toowoomba is the Carbal Health and Wellbeing Centre focusing upon refugee health assessment and midwifery services. Registrars will also have the opportunity to gain valuable experience in refugee health.

The clinics hold community events to promote health and cultural awareness days, as well as conducting outreach health checks for local high schools. Registrars are encouraged to participate in these events to engage with local Elders, build relationships with community members and experience cultural knowledge and customs.

Carbal advocates a professional and respectful cohesive team approach in the workplace, and follow strict workplace health and safety procedures. All staff have access to an employee assistance program and external counselling services free of charge. Carbal aims to give registrars the opportunity to experience all aspects of general practice with a strong focus on quality improvement, data analysis and intensive Medicare billing sessions.

ATSICHS (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Health Service) Brisbane

GPTQ Accredited clinic locations: Browns Plains, Logan Central, Loganlea, Northgate and Woolloongabba

ATSICHS Brisbane clinics are committed to providing comprehensive holistic health care with a multidisciplinary collaborative team approach to improve the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the wider Brisbane community.

All clinics offer in-house social health practitioners and a regional network of supervisors and registrar support that prioritise continuous improvement and cultural learning. The following services and programs are offered across all ATSICHS Brisbane clinics located at:

  • General practice
  • Diabetes education
  • Eye health
  • Ear health
  • Psychology
  • Occupational therapy
  • Family wellbeing
  • Men’s group
  • Elders group
  • Mums and bubs
  • Nutrition
  • Podiatry
  • Speech and language
  • Physiotherapy
  • Paediatrics
  • Women’s health obstetric and gynaecological medicine 
  • Maternity services
  • Residential aged care
  • Client transport
  • Dental services available at Woolloongabba and Logan Central.

Clinics receive support from regular visiting allied health and medical specialist services allowing coordinated and integrated care in chronic disease management. The Woolloongabba clinic receives a higher number of visiting specialists making it the referral hub for other clinics. Comprehensive and holistic care is encouraged and supported through longer appointments, referral pathways and use of case conferencing.

ATSICHS Brisbane prides itself in offering registrars immersive experiences in Aboriginal and Torres Strait primary health care. All clinics maintain a high standard of workplace health and safety procedures, and registrars have access to external counselling services free of charge.