Discover Indigenous health
Learn how to better care for Indigenous patients
At GPTQ, we have a strong commitment to reducing health inequalities between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. We know working in Indigenous health can be exciting, rewarding and challenging. We hope you’ll consider this important field of medicine as you undertake your GP studies and training.
Indigenous health training
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Frequently asked questions
What are Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHS)?
Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services are those which have been defined by the Aboriginal Community Control process. This process allows any local Aboriginal community to be involved in its own
affairs, determining rules, processes and guidelines for organisations that interact and serve the Aboriginal community. The National Aboriginal Community Control Health Organisation (NACCHO) defines an
ACCHS as being:
- An incorporated Aboriginal organisation
- Initiated by a local Aboriginal community
- Based in a local Aboriginal community
- Governed by an Aboriginal body which is elected by the local Aboriginal community
- Delivering a holistic and culturally appropriate health service to the community controlling it.
This classification excludes any organisations controlled by the government and organisations that have a vertical rather than a holistic approach to health. Being involved in Indigenous health is one of the many benefits of training and working as a GP in rural and remote areas. It is also one of the most important as you will be contributing to one of our nation’s biggest health priorities.
What opportunities are available in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health during GP training?
The AGPT is committed to increasing the numbers of Australian registrars experienced in Indigenous health. As such, there are compulsory education activities for registrars training with Australian regional training
organisations to help them when treating Indigenous patients. There are also optional Indigenous health placements that allow you to work directly in an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health settings, including in Aboriginal Medical Services.
Find out more about Indigenous health outcomes.