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North Coast Area Health Service
North Coast Area, NSW
New South Wales North Coast Area Health Service
The Cultural respect and communication guide: a resource to assist sexual health service delivery to Aboriginal communities has been designed for health care professionals working in the area of Indigenous sexual health. It was developed in response to recommendations made in the NSW HIV/AIDS, sexually transmissible infections and hepatitis C strategies: implementation plan for Aboriginal people 2006-2009 and is the product of an extensive consultation process whereby project committee members, stakeholders, and staff from a range of service providers (e.g., local general practitioners, sexual health service staff) contributed to the resource content.
The guide seeks to enhance the knowledge and understanding of Indigenous culture among health care professionals so as to improve the delivery and accessibility of sexual health services to individuals and communities. Specifically the guide highlights the barriers to sexual health service delivery encountered by Indigenous peoples and offers suggestions for overcoming such barriers. Issues such as cultural respect, communication, shame, and access are addressed in this section. The guide also provides information on the process of community engagement and the different modes of service delivery.
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Northern NSW Local Health District
Locked Mail Bag 11
Lismore NSW 2480
Ph: (02) 6620 2100
Fax: (02) 6621 7088