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Doctors encouraged to attend cultural safety training

The AMA is recommending doctors undertake cultural safety training to assist them when they work with Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander patients. Workshop opportunities are available through the Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association.  

The Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association (AIDA) has extended the Cultural Safety in Clinical Practice Training to individuals, as well as specialist medical colleges.

The first three individually accessible workshops will be held in Sydney on 22 August, in Brisbane on 24 August and on the Gold Coast on 7 October 2022.

AIDA’s cultural safety training is a clinically focused program that equips Registrars and Fellows in any specialty with the tools needed to integrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander holistic health and cultural safety into everyday clinical practice.

The program offers an opportunity for participants to ask hard, cultural questions and have them addressed by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander doctors in a culturally safe space.

AMA President Dr Omar Khorshid encouraged all doctors to undertake the training.

“The AIDA Cultural Safety training program has been designed by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander doctors for all doctors.

“Understanding the impacts of colonisation and racism on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health outcomes is an essential step towards delivering culturally safe health care.

“The AMA Federal Council undertook this training in 2022, and we encourage all doctors to invest the time to begin this journey in their own professional development,” Dr Khorshid said.

The training is enhanced by the unique insights of AIDA members and by a range of clinical case studies from Aboriginal and Torres StraitIs lander doctors. These case studies bring to view how attitudes, perspectives, lived experience and systemic bias can impact health outcomes.

To register for the training and earn CPD points, follow this link: https://aida.org.au/cultural-safety-program/what-is-cultural-safety/

For further information, see the flyer.

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