NACCHO Aboriginal Health Workforce Training News : @amsed24_7 New Module! #Privacy of Personal Health Information for Non-Clinical ACCHO Staff. Privacy of personal health information is one of the essential training elements for everyone working in healthcare

 ” Privacy is an important element in the trust between health service providers and patients.

It is every person’s right to be able to share personal health information and to have the information provided kept private. It is a serious breach of trust when this right is not respected.

Every employee of an Aboriginal health service will come across personal health information of patients at some time – it may be by accident, or as part of your role.

It may be because someone tells you something they shouldn’t and it may be because you have taken a phone message to pass on to a clinician.

Regardless, you need to know what your responsibility is and how you work with the rest of your colleagues to respect the right of every single Patient of your Aboriginal Medical Service (AMS).”

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This module is aimed at everyone working in an AMS who provides support other than direct clinical care.

It is for drivers, receptionists, environmental health workers, cleaners, finance officers, and IT support officers. Depending on the program, it may be appropriate for some program workers.

For all those providing direct clinical care and managers of clinical care workers, there is another module called ‘Privacy of Personal Health Information for Client Care Staff’.

At the end of this module participants will be able to:

  1. Understand the duty to keep personal health information confidential.
  2. Describe the principle that applies to disclosing personal health information.
  3. Identify examples of how breaches may occur.
  4. Identify simple ways to avoid breaches of privacy

At the recent WA Aboriginal Community Health Sector State Conference 2018

NACCHO good news:Video to promote training in Aboriginal Medical Services to registrars in rural NSW


To promote the benefits of working and training in an Aboriginal Medical Service (AMS), Pius X AMS in Moree, Armajun AMS in Inverell and local general practice training provider, GP Synergy, have come together to develop a video showcasing the AMS training experience to GP registrars.

You can view the 16 minute VIDEO here

Across the country, many AMS facilities are involved in the education and training of GP registrars, who are qualified doctors undertaking specialist training in the field of general practice.

The general practice training program requires GP registrars to undertake training in a variety of hospital and community based settings, and this can include training in accredited AMS facilities.

To encourage more GP registrars to consider undertaking part of their training in a rural AMS facility, GP Synergy approached Armajun AMS and Pius X AMS to develop a promotional video showcasing the benefits of working and training in an AMS.

The video features interviews with GP registrars who have undertaken their training in the facilities, as well as interviews with GPs and AMS staff about their AMS experience.

“We wanted to be able to explain to GP registrars the benefits of training in a rural AMS and felt the best way to do this was for the registrars and staff to share their own personal AMS experiences,” said GP Synergy CEO John Oldfield.

Both AMS facilities were happy to take part in the initiative.

“Our involvement in the training program has shown that GP registrars training in AMS facilities can contribute enormously to the primary care health provision for local Aboriginal communities,” Said Armajun AMS CEO Debbie McCowen.

“We are happy to support any initiative that seeks to increase the numbers of GP registrars training in AMS facilities,” she said.

Acting CEO Ray Dennison from Pius X AMS agrees.

“We have found being involved in training GP registrars invaluable,” Ray Dennison.

“Our local community has benefited from improved access to primary health care and it has been a positive two way learning experience. We have learnt as much from the registrar as they have from working with us,” she said.

CEO John Oldfield said the video provides a positive and realistic account of what registrars could expect working in an AMS.

“We hope the video encourages more GP registrars to undertake part of their GP training in an AMS, not just in New England/Northwest NSW, but anywhere in Australia,” he said.

The video can be viewed on GP Synergy’s YouTube channel or by following the link:

For all media enquiries please contact Kate Froggatt on 02 9818 4433.

About GP Synergy

GP Synergy is a leading provider of general practice education and training delivering prevocational and vocational training to doctors seeking to specialise as General Practitioners (GPs).

GP Synergy’s training footprint extends across New England/Northwest regional NSW as well as central, northern, eastern, southern and southwestern Sydney.

For more information about GP Synergy please visit our website at or contact Kate Froggatt, Marketing and Events Manager, at or (02) 9818 4433.

GP Synergy acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land on which GP Synergy delivers training and respects all Elders past and present.