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Aboriginal Health Workers and Practitioners

 

Working as an Aboriginal Health Worker or Practitioner in palliative care

CareSearch respectfully acknowledges the diversity in the roles of both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Practitioners. Throughout this site, we will refer to both as Aboriginal Health Workers.

Information on courses

The Program of Experience in the Palliative Approach (PEPA) provides an opportunity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, aged and community care professionals working in primary care or non-specialist palliative care settings to improve confidence and develop skills in working with people with palliative care needs. PEPA offers workplace placements of up to five days in specialist palliative care services and Reverse PEPA placements whereby a specialist palliative care staff member travels to your place of employment. PEPA also offers tailored workshops in the palliative approach, a Community Outreach Program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and Culture and diversity workshops. There are no fees for placements or the Community Outreach program. Participation meets continuing professional development requirements for AHPRA. The program is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health.

Resources

From Program of Experience in the Palliative Approach (PEPA): Learning guide for Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander health workers. 
The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker Association (NATSIHWA)

Free Full Text Article

Mitchell M, Hussey L. The Aboriginal Health Worker. Med J Aust. 2006 May 15;184(10):529-30.

 

 

Last Updated 17 January 2017