TRACS WA are working collaboratively with leaders of Aboriginal Health in WA, both in metropolitan and rural health, to provide state wide supportive education with respect to caring for Aboriginal people in subacute care.

Improving the education, knowledge and understanding for practitioners will provide a flow-on benefit to Aboriginal people being cared for in the subacute care sector.

We have facilitated Communities of Practice in the following sites: RPH, FHHS and SCGH with video-conferencing to rural and remote sites. The feedback received from delivering the Communities of Practice has been that a training module to support clinicians on working with Aboriginal people in subacute care would be helpful.

The objectives of the training are:

1. To increase cultural knowledge and understanding

2. To positively influence the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal people by improving the skills of health professionals

3. To engage staff with authentic stories of Aboriginal people’s experience of healthcare providing insight to enhance the development of deep and lasting empathy for Aboriginal people.

Implications:

Improving the education, knowledge and understanding of SAC practitioners will provide a range of flow-on benefits to Aboriginal people being cared for in the subacute care sector including:

• The cost of care for Aboriginal people lost to DAMA would be reduced
• Improved relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients
• Development and strengthening of relationships with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community and medical services
• Creation of a culturally safe environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients
• Increase in the self-identification of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients.

TRACS WA in partnership with the Directors of Aboriginal Health in WA will be facilitating a session on the 9th November at Royal Street, WA Department of Health. This is an open forum to discuss and recommend what should be included in the Aboriginal Person Centred Care Module. Topics to be discussed include; Aboriginal world view of health, the journey of wellbeing, understanding dispossession, historical impacts including institutionalised racism, engagement, communication, rapport building, understanding difference in behaviour and cultural service delivery and practical approaches to care.