“Being a cultural educator is about balancing medical and cultural knowledge. Patients in Aboriginal communities can find medical jargon very difficult and we provide methods for doctors to better communicate with patients.” Elisabeth Heenan, NTGPE Cultural Educator.
GP registrars working in remote communities can find it difficult to communicate with patients. The patients may be experiencing shame, be shy or have just shut down all together. NTGPE’s cultural educators provide ways for doctors to break down cultural barriers.
Cultural education provides:
- Techniques to develop trust with a patient
- Ways to break down cultural barriers
- Knowledge about Aboriginal culture such as avoidance relationships