In 2018, the Indigenous Health Committee (IHC) was formed to oversee the College’s commitment to improving the health of the First peoples of Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand.
The Committee is responsible for progressing strategies to support the recruitment and retention of Indigenous doctors into intensive care medicine. The Committee also works to develop opportunities for trainees and Fellows to improve their knowledge and skills in cultural competency and safety. The Indigenous Health Committee is a committee of the College Board.
The College is currently developing a Māori Health Strategy to meet the needs of Indigenous people in Aotearoa New Zealand.
Diagram showing the Indigenous Health Committee’s governance structure.
The College‘s first Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) is a formalisation of the College’s commitment to enabling the best health outcomes for critically ill Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients and their families and communities.
The College is committed to supporting trainees and fellows to acknowledging cultural differences, demonstrate cultural competency and promote cultural safety, whilst providing high quality care to critically ill Māori, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients.
These resources are regularly reviewed, and more will be added.
The Indigenous Health Committee have produced articles below:
These resources has been developed by the College and Rural Health Continuing Education Stream One.
'Navigating Communication' is designed to assist cultural awareness and understanding within aboriginal health delivery through offering practical advice and suggestions from experts in the field and members of the aboriginal community. 'Navigating Communication' is designed to encourage and enable medical practitioner to understand and communicate more successfully with aboriginal patients and their families.
The College is solely responsible for the content of and views expressed in any material associated with this project.
Navigating Communication DVD
This resource was developed by Griffith University. There are five modules that cover cultural respect, cultural safety and quality, reflection, communication and advocacy.
These modules have a focus on the history and health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The modules appear as information on a webpage and will take approximately 2 hours to complete all five.
You will need to scroll down to the bottom of the webpage to ‘begin your Yuwhan Wupin journey.’ This is a free resource.
About the Artist
The College is grateful to Dr Gene Slockee for granting us permission to display his artwork. The artworks represent the College and Gene’s shared vision to improve the overrepresentation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients across intensive care units. Dr Slockee is a Bundjalung, Darumbal and South Sea Islander man, who grew up on the lands and waters of the Ngundawul, Minjungbal and Coodjinburra people. He is currently undertaking a dual training in intensive care medicine and anaesthetics.