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This document provides general guidance for carers of Indigenous Australian people faced with death.
The guidelines take into account that for many Indigenous people, the times before death, of death and following death, are subject to a number of customary practices.
The first part of these guidelines covers cultural competence for health workers, including verbal and body language, building rapport, and the roles of Indigenous hospital liaison officers and Indigenous health workers.
The second part of these guidelines covers caring for Indigenous patients and their families during the patient's final stages of life. Topics are:
The guidelines are intended for Queensland Health staff, but may be a useful resource for workers in other parts of Australia. The guidelines acknowledge that customary practices about death vary for different groups of Indigenous people, and that any document can provide general guidance only.
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