Aboriginal Health Training

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are the first people of Australia and have the longest continuing practising culture on earth.

Spiritual creation stories (the ‘dreamtime’) formed the land and its waters, created cultural values
and practices and responsibilities and obligations with each other.

Aboriginal people make up 3.4% of the Western Australian population and have a high young age profile. Sixty two per cent of the WA Aboriginal population live in rural or remote areas.

Nationally, life expectancy for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population born in 2015 – 2017,
was estimated to be 8.6 years lower than that of the non-Indigenous population for males (71.6 years
compared with 80.2) and 7.8 years for females (75.6 compared with 83.4).

Indigenous groups across Australia still suffer from the consequences of colonisation, widespread
socioeconomic disadvantage and health inequality and have substantially poorer health outcomes across most health conditions.

A formal commitment has been made by all Australian governments through the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) to achieve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health equality within 25 years focusing to reduce disadvantage with respect to life expectancy, child mortality, access to early childhood education, educational achievement, and employment outcomes.

WAGPET’s Aboriginal health training aims to ensure, as a GP registrar, you are provided with the necessary skills to provide quality safe care to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

It is important that during training, registrars attend their cultural awareness training and satisfy all requirements of the Aboriginal health training curriculum.

Cultural mentors and advisors

WAGPET has a team of cultural mentors to guide and support you and GP supervisors working in Aboriginal health at a local level.