Cultural Awareness

Cultural awareness training

To meet this requirement, at least two staff members from the practice (one must be a GP) must complete appropriate cultural awareness training within 12 months of the practice signing on to the incentive. Exemptions are listed below. For the purpose of the PIP Indigenous Health Incentive, appropriate training is any endorsed by a professional medical college, including:

  • those offering Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points, or
  • those endorsed by the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) or one of its state or territory affiliates.

Practices must be able to provide evidence that training has been completed or that exemptions apply.

Exemptions:
  • appropriate training completed up to 12 months before the practice signs on for the incentive
  • practices under the management of an Aboriginal Board of Directors or a committee made up mainly of Aboriginal community representatives

Note: further reference to exemptions for GPs working in an “Indigenous Health Service” means an Indigenous Health Service under the management of an Aboriginal Board of Directors or a committee made up mainly of Aboriginal community representatives.

  • a GP at the practice who works at an Indigenous Health Service on a regular basis, provided that at least one other staff member has met the requirement or is considered to be exempt

Note: there is no prescribed definition of ‘regular’ for the purposes of the PIP Indigenous Health Incentive, practices must demonstrate appropriate cultural awareness gained from the interaction with an Indigenous Health Service.

  • if there are only two staff members at a practice, it is sufficient for only one staff member to complete appropriate cultural awareness training or be considered to be exempt
  • a staff member qualified as an Aboriginal Health Worker, and
  • if the only GP at the practice is on a temporary contract with a tenure of 6 months or less, provided that at least one other staff member has met the requirement or is considered to be exempt.

Where a staff member, including a GP, counted towards meeting this requirement leaves the practice, another staff member of the practice will be required to meet the training requirement or be considered to be exempt, within 12 months of the separation date of the previous staff member.
There may be other non-prescribed circumstances under which a practice may wish to claim that it meets the requirement or should be exempt from it which may be considered on a case by case basis.

ACRRM

Cultural awareness module for PIP Indigenous Health Incentive

ACRRM's online cultural awareness module is accredited training for the Practice Incentive Payments (Indigenous Health Incentives).

The 15-hour module provides opportunities to understand medical practice from an indigenous perspective and to work towards improving your indigenous patients’ confidence and wellbeing. To be eligible for the PIP Indigenous Health Incentive, the module must be completed by a GP in the practice and one other person working in the practice. The second person could be non-medical, such as the practice manager. Training needs to be completed within 12 months of joining the PIP (IHI).

Enrolment fees

Individuals

  • Member = $120 (inc GST)
  • Non-member = $180 (inc GST)

Two in a practice

  • At least 1 is a member = $280 (total) (inc GST)
  • Neither is a member = $320 (total) (inc GST)

RACGP

Introduction to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural awareness online training

The RACGP recommends face-to-face delivery of cultural awareness training to enhance skills development, confidence building and allow practical application of material.

The Introduction to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural awareness in general practice activity aims to improve the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples by enhancing the cultural awareness of general practitioners, general practice staff, medical students, primary health care staff, and other health care providers. This 6 hour Active Learning Module (ALM) aims to help participants to: extend their knowledge about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and culture, explore how attitudes and values can influence perceptions, assumptions and behaviours in a clinical setting, and discuss key ways the practice team can be more culturally aware. The module is also now accredited for 40 Category 1 QI & CPD points.

Enrolment fees
  • This ALM is available at no additional cost for RACGP members.
  • Non-members can undertake this module at a cost of $179. Please call the gplearning helpdesk on: 1800 284 789 to enrol.

Cultural awareness and cultural safety training criteria

Find this document that describes the systems and processes to facilitate the adjudication of applications from training providers to provide such education and training through QI&CPD on the RACGP web site.

NACCHO
Find relevant information on the NACCHO website