The Care Journey
This section provides information for the Health Care Workforce on providing palliative care with and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
In order to effectively meet the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients requiring palliative care, health professionals need both clinical and
cultural knowledge and skills to engage with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients and their family and community and provide the best possible end-of-life care journey for all involved.
Sharing stories is a valuable way to help show us how each person’s journey to the end is different. We need to understand and acknowledge the role of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander person’s culture, family, and community in this journey. At this time many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people provide care for their loved one requiring palliative care, and they learn and share the stories of that individual during this time of sadness.
Some stories demonstrating the diversity of palliative care journeys for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are provided below.