” Providing health care that was culturally appropriate for Indigenous people was crucial.
Ultimately, what I want to see is that Aboriginal people, if they come into a hospital, they take the full patient journey,
The procedures and treatment regimes are the same as any other Australian receives so that we push out life and we move to closing the gap.
Increasing the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people working in health care will also be discussed.
If we don’t get our initial training and ongoing education right, we will never deliver a culturally safe health system,
The colleges are critical partners in getting this right with ideas on training and recruitment and retention initiatives.”
Indigenous Health Minister Ken Wyatt
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Senior representatives from Australia’s medical colleges are converging on Canberra today for a roundtable aimed at improving treatment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Indigenous Health Minister Ken Wyatt will host the 12 colleges at Parliament House in a bid to boost outcomes and access to health care over the next decade.
The powerful groups include the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine and the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.
“[They’re] important for me to partner with if I’m going to close the gap,” Mr Wyatt told the ABC.
“I believe that they can make an incredible difference, it’s just we’ve never asked them to in this sense.”
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s Closing the Gap report to Parliament last month showed six of the seven targets were off track, including life expectancy and child mortality.
Mr Wyatt earlier this year became Australia’s first-ever Indigenous federal government minister.