Published by GPEx on September 1, 2018

Working together to Close the Gap

GPEx was pleased to be able to build on the existing Cultural Awareness training workshops we deliver with the receipt of additional funding from Country SA PHN to Close the Gap in Aboriginal Health. This funding enabled the delivery of three face-to-face Cultural Awareness workshops in Whyalla, Murray Bridge, and Mount Gambier during April and May.

The Cultural Awareness training workshops were tailored for GPs and the primary health care team, drawing on GPEx Aboriginal Health Educator/Liaison Officer Devinia Binell’s cultural life experience and knowledge and Assoc Prof Jill Benson’s extensive experience within Aboriginal Health in rural and remote communities. The support from Country SA PHN Indigenous Health Project Officers in each of the Communities assisted by weaving local cultural knowledge into the training.

Participation involved practices within the community and also from surrounding communities. The diversity of participants encouraged a unique engagement in learning about Aboriginal Culture, Aboriginal Community, and Aboriginal Health.

The training was accredited to enable attendees to qualify for the Federal Government’s Practice Incentive Payment Indigenous Health Incentive (PIP IHI).

We thank Country SA PHN for proactively identifying and funding this important series of workshops and all of the local communities for their involvement and support in making these workshops a success.