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Charlatan training: how Aboriginal health workers are being short-changed

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Charlatan training: how Aboriginal health workers are being short-changed

by Hudson S

Report
Year 2012
City St Leonards, NSW
Institution Centre for Independent Studies
Report number CIS Policy Monograph 127

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

In this report, the author discusses the issue of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers (AHWs) in Australia being 'short changed'. The report states that AHWs have not been given enough training to adequately perform their roles; are undervalued, under paid, and overburdened with difficult health issues; and still do not have clearly defined roles and support.

The AHW workforce has been declining in recent years and the author suggests that to improve this, training for AHWs could be broken into three broad categories: clinical care or primary care, community care or community service, and cultural brokerage.

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