Healthcare Providers

Do you belong to an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander community that could benefit from learning more about caring for people when they are getting ready to ‘finish up’?

PEPA offers a tailored workshop program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and healthcare providers predominantly caring for Indigenous people. This includes most staff from Aboriginal Health Services (Indigenous or non-Indigenous) and healthcare providers in Indigenous communities. A culturally safe program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers, health practitioners, hospital liaison officers and community workers, in most cases, elders and other community members may be invited to attend events.

The workshop aims to increase community awareness in caring for people who are unwell and not going to get better.  This program is flexible and customised to local needs within each state and territory.

The program is underpinned by the principle of Cultural Respect in that interventions and services should ‘not unwittingly compromise the cultural rights, practices, values and expectations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’*.    The program has been developed with steering from the PEPA for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers Reference Group, which includes representatives from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, policy and education sectors.

To find out more, please contact the PEPA Aboriginal Project Officer/ Consultant or PEPA Manager in your state or territory.

* Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council’s (AHMAC) Standing Committee on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Working Party. Cultural Respect Framework for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health 2004-2009.  Department of Health, South Australia, March 2004.

Learning Guide for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Healthcare Providers – Workshop

The Learning Guide for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander healthcare providers is the workbook for experiential learning with PEPA. It contains:

  1. Welcome and introduction to PEPA
  2. The Palliative Approach to Care Workshop includes disusssions, activities and thinking points. Utilising ‘Pop Arthur’, an Indigenous Palliative Care Comic (available below)
  3. The Palliative Care Resources section and includes policies, research findings and recommendations, practical resources created used and distributed by Aboriginal health care providers, websites and journals which may be of interest to you.

Indigenous Palliative Care Comic

An innovative social comic has been developed to deal with quality of life issues for Indigenous people who are either in the process of dying or caring for someone who is dying.  To access this comic, click on this link to the Indigenous Palliative Care Education Comic.