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Partnership to increase Aboriginal Health Workers in remote Northern Territory communities

Date posted: 22 April 2014

Northern Territory General Practice Education (NTGPE) will begin a partnership with Central Australia Remote Health Development Services (CARHDS) in an effort to sustain communities by training Aboriginal Health Workers (AHW) and Aboriginal Health Practitioners (AHP).

Dr Sam Heard Chairperson of NTGPE said the partnership aims to increase AHWs and AHPs benefiting Northern Territory rural and remote community clinics and health centres.

'We will work together to develop and grow the number of Aboriginal Health Workers and Practitioners improving their status and significance. The partnership will continue to ensure the services provided are appropriate to the community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people continue to receive health care that is respectful to their cultural protocols and values,' Dr Heard said.

The Chairperson of CARHDS, Mr David Smith says the partnership will build on better relationships between health professionals working in remote clinics and health centres.

'Trained AHW/AHP's can enhance doctor's education in regards to respecting culture and AHW/Ps working from a 'two-world perspective' can achieve better health and economic outcomes for their communities,' Mr Smith said.

The agreement will be launched on Tuesday 29 April in Alice Springs.

Source: NT General Practice Education


Last updated: 22 April 2014
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