We were very proud to be selected as a finalist in the WA Health Excellence Awards of 2018 for our collaborative work with all Directors of Aboriginal Health Strategy in WA to develop the Aboriginal Person Centred Care learning module.

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This module was developed as a response to WA Health clinicians expressing a need to gain more effective skills when working with Aboriginal patients as well as feedback from Aboriginal patients themselves. The content for these modules was in itself a collaborative process where the content of the module was explored in greater depth through four Communities of Practice (CoP) and then insightfully edited by the expert collaborative group of representatives from each of the Aboriginal Health Strategy Teams - SMHS, NMHS, EMHS, WACHS and CAHS.

We have delivered professional development forums in varying formats at several venues including:

  • Enhancing Care of Aboriginal people in subacute care - Fremantle Hospital (2015)
  • Working with Aboriginal Health Professionals - Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital (2016)
  • Open discussion regarding Aboriginal Person Centred Care Module content - WA Health (2017)
  • Pilot of the Aboriginal Person Centred Care Modules in a collaborative training session with an Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Trainer – Fiona Stanley Hospital (June 2018) and Royal Perth Hospital (August 2018)
  • Presentation of the Aboriginal Person Centred Care Module at Fremantle Hospital (November 2018) which included a debrief yarning session.

All modules are delivered with an Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal facilitator in an open, supportive discussion format.

The learning module is further enhanced by the online resource produced by the SMHS Aboriginal Strategy Team called Patient Centred Cultural Care Guidelines. The Aboriginal Person Centred Care Module will be presented at numerous venues in 2019 – watch this space!

Comments from participants so far have included:

“The joint approach, with Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal co-presenters was much appreciated”

"The gentle attitudes of the presenters were beautiful. Difficult messages were delivered in a peaceful, non-threatening manner"

"Very interactive learning environment. Great balance of educational material used"

"The activities were engaging and offered useful understanding"

Aboriginal Acknowledgement to Country

We wish to acknowledge the custodians of this land, the Wadjuk (Perth region) people of the Noongar nation, recognising their connections, their strength of character and their resilience and pay our respects to the Elders past, present and emerging.