04 June 2019

Remote Aboriginal health program pilot for rural generalist training a success


NTGPE has teamed up with Flinders Northern Territory Regional Training Hub, Central Australian Aboriginal Congress and Northern Territory PHN to create a program focusing on remote Aboriginal health for rural generalist training.

Designed to complement the training for GP registrars going through advanced skills terms, the Advanced Training in Remote Aboriginal Health program allows doctors to build a full and developing skill set for their work, wanting to increase professional satisfaction, productivity and rural retention, along with providing constant team-based care and reducing the need for locums.

The program has already been trialled by three GP registrars training with NTGPE, where they undertook courses on emergency medicine, building confidence, x-ray and language intensives tailored to each community. They also gained an understanding of the role and importance of traditional healers (Ngangkari) and the context of the communities and environment in which people live.

The program is being investigated by other Aboriginal community-controlled health services to participate in, with the program to continue into 2020 in Central Australia.

Read the full story here on the Flinders NT blog