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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health

Australia has a rich Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, and Aboriginal people belong to the oldest continuous living culture in the world.  


The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population continues to grow, and the highest population can be found in the outskirts of Sydney.  Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture remains strong, vibrant and diverse in contemporary Australia, and the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander General Practitioners is increasing steadily.

Due to historical factors, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people experience poorer health outcomes than non-Indigenous people, and the RACGP established the National Faculty of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health in 2010 to help address these inequalities.

The RACGP aims for all GPs in Australia, whether urban, regional or remote, to deliver clinically and culturally appropriate health care to all Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander patients.  Support is delivered to GPs through the development of resources, the promotion of campaigns such as Close the Gap, Racism. It stops with me and ongoing advocacy in the sector. The RACGP works in partnership with key stakeholders including the Australian Indigenous Doctor’s Association (AIDA), the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) and the Indigenous General Practice Registrar’s Network (IGPRN) to deliver a suite of activities, educational programs, publications and events.

 

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