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General Practice Training Tasmania commits to improving Aboriginal health

To mark the beginning of this year’s Aboriginal Cultural Education Camp, General Practice Training Tasmania (GPTT) in collaboration with the Tasmanian Aboriginal community today launched their Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan to formalise their commitment to improving Aboriginal health in Tasmania.


GPs play an important role in providing access to health care, and the Aboriginal Cultural Education Camp provides a unique opportunity for registrars to improve their confidence and ability to better care for the needs of the Tasmanian Aboriginal community.


A group of 14 GP registrars, their families and a number of GPTT staff will today be travelling to Tasmania’s Central Highlands for a culturally immersive three day camp where they will learn from and interact with Aboriginal community members.


Registrars will participate in cultural arts and crafts, learn about the history of Aboriginal Tasmania and have the opportunity to learn firsthand the challenges and unique health needs faced by the Aboriginal community in Tasmania.


GPTT CEO Allyson Warrington said the Reconciliation Australia endorsed Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) provided the organisation with the opportunity to reflect on and strengthen existing relationships with the Tasmanian Aboriginal community.


“The RAP gives us a framework of strategies and measurable targets including encouraging participation in unique training events such as the Aboriginal Cultural Camp that allow us to develop respectful relationships within the Aboriginal community,” Ms Warrington said.


“We have a long and valued relationship with the Tasmanian Aboriginal community and are committed to fostering a greater understanding of Aboriginal culture among our registrars with the aim of improving Aboriginal health throughout the state.”


The RAP program has more than 1,000 dedicated corporate, government and not-for-profit organisations across Australia that have formally committed to reconciliation since it’s inception in 2006.


As a visual representation of GPTT’s commitment to reconciliation, an artwork by Sharnie Read was commissioned and unveiled during today’s launch.


The artwork depicts a mariner shell, one of the most precious and decorative shells used by Tasmanian Aboriginal people along with an ancient cultural symbol that can be found carved into rock at various locations around the island.


Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre Chief Operations Officer Raylene Foster commended GPTT for formalising their commitment to reconciliation.


“A Reconciliation Action Plan is the first step in an important journey for GPTT and will allow the organisation to directly impact and enrich the lives of the Tasmanian Aboriginal community,” Ms Foster said.


“With the Aboriginal community more likely to experience poor health than the general population, it is encouraging to see GPTT committing to improving health services in the Aboriginal community and we look forward to working with them throughout this journey.”

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  1. Christopher Eastman-Nagle

    November 30, 2018 at 1:51 pm

    Oh, and in case anyone were in any doubt about just how much Aboriginal ‘reconciling’ needs to be on the table, ABC News radio reported that Northern Territory medical centres were having to be shut down over Christmas because they can’t get police in at that time of year to defend the medical staff against ‘alcohol fueled violence’.

    These communities aren’t just not into their health, but the very same ‘alcohol fueled violence’ makes aboriginal women 80 times more likely to end up in hospital than non aboriginals. and those who bother to read the 2007 NT report ‘The Little Children are Sacred’ will know that beating up their women isn’t all that the men are up to.

    Those ‘communities’ don’t just have ‘a health problem’. Their social infrastructure is imploding into absolute chaos which is not anymore the result of refusing to accept the wipe out of hunting and gathering, but of indulgent freebie libertarianism with all the responsible moral and social agency torn out which has made conditions in those communities much worse than they were in the bad old days before 1970!

    It is about time the political cant and Emperor’s new clothes delusionalism stopped, so that we can actually start having some honest and realistic discourse; something that has been notably missing over the last 50 years of de-governancing the social system.

    And just in case anyone is under the misapprehension that this is merely an Aboriginal problem, the rest of us are hot on their heels in the Feckless and Dysfunctional Social Performance Stakes. We are only twenty years behind behind on their culturally ‘leading edge’ performance, as post-1960s Indulgence Capitalism systematically wipes out everybody’s natural and cultural commons.

  2. Christopher Eastman-Nagle

    November 30, 2018 at 12:23 pm

    Semi tribal health would improve dramatically if the denizens actually took an active interest in their health, and sufficiently reconciled themselves to the realities of the modern world and the need to get a sufficient modern education to participate in it.

    All talk of ‘reconciliation’ without that is pure ideological poodlefakery designed to keep the present ideological/bureaucratic humanities graduate incumbents in power and maintaining the status quo for the next 100 years.

    Just about everybody else on the planet has been forced to ‘reconcile’ themselves to the modern world, starting with the peasants who were forced off the land during the enclosure. H movement in the 1780s.

    Hunting and gathering was instantly rendered obsolete the very second the modern forces of capitalist production touched these shores.

    And if our Aboriginal brothers and sisters have trouble talking to the descendants of genocidal colonialist invading white fascists, talk to the Chinese. They’ll understand.

    The Chinese spent the first 100 years of the modern experience getting the shit beaten out of them because they refused to ‘get it’ that the Chinese Confucian tradition was no longer viable. When they eventually did, at vast and traumatic expense, they caught up.

    But it was they who had to do the ‘reconciling’. Nobody could do it for them, any more than we can. And part of that Chinese ‘reconciliation’ process was being brutally honest with themselves, and admitting to themselves that they had a mess of the modern challenge and that THEY had to do something about it.

    And by hell the Chinese have done, with a vengeance. And you talk to them about modern education and they get fanatical about it, which is why they are cleaning up.

    There is absolutely no reason why our aboriginal brothers and sisters can’t get themselves the same attitude. Then we might have something realistic to talk about, like pulling their fingers out on their health.

    Racist you say? Spare me …

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