The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander demographic is a much younger population than the rest of Australia. So if they are not the ageing demographic, why is holistic end of life care important?
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have a greater burden of illness than other Australians. They die at younger ages and more frequently than other Australians. Multiple co-morbidities can complicate both understanding and the care pathway, along with a culture, communication styles, family structures and beliefs that are not always known or understood by other Australians.
In some instances these multifaceted factors can act as barriers to both accessing and providing services. Service providers can make a dramatic impact with open communication providing the right people with the right information, at the right time.
Supporting services and staff is integral to best practice. PEPA is dedicated to providing professional development & resources for health care providers.
This document outlines practical considerations for providing person-centered palliative care for Aboriginal peoples, Torres Strait Islander peoples and their respective families, while being respectful of intercultural variations and individual choices.
We hope you find our resource ‘Cultural Considerations’ a useful tool in your work practices.
Cultural Considerations (Click To Download)