89624 - Engaging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander males in different primary health care settings - ALM
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GPs come into contact with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander males in a variety of ways, from urban private practice through to corrective services and rural/remote Aboriginal Medical Services. GPs need to be aware that the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander males is influenced by cultural factors which have passed through generations, irrespective of whether the patient is an educated, urban professional through to living in a remote Indigenous community. This active learning module (ALM) aims to provide knowledge, skills and communication strategies to assist GPs to better engage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men in the primary health care setting. The ALM focuses on a range of culturally appropriate strategies for GPs to initiate dialogue and improve the ability of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander male patients to disclose sexual and reproductive health concerns and understand the associations between chronic disease and ED.Relevance to General Practice
RACGP is supporting all GPs to ensure proper identification of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander status of patients so the GPs can assess specific healthcare needs, whilst also providing an opportunity to outline available services these patients can access. Providing clinically and culturally appropriate healthcare to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be a priority for all GPs as they have significant potential to make a difference in improving health outcomes for Indigenous Australians.
It is therefore important to provide GPs with strategies, knowledge, skills and confidence to engage with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and to discuss reproductive health issues. This will allow GPs to better engage and manage patients presenting with these conditions and potentially to identify life threatening chronic diseases.