Cultural respect strategies in Australian Aboriginal primary health care services: Beyond education and training of practitioners

Toby Freeman, Tahnia Edwards, Frances Baum, Angela Lawless, Gwyneth Jolley, Sara Javanparast, Theresa Francis

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    Abstract

    Objective: There is little literature on health-service-level strategies for culturally respectful care to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. We conducted two case studies, which involved one Aboriginal community controlled health care service and one state government-managed primary health care service, to examine cultural respect strategies, client experiences and barriers to cultural respect. Methods: Data were drawn from 22 interviews with staff from both services and four community assessment workshops, with a total of 21 clients. Results: Staff and clients at both services reported positive appraisals of the achievement of cultural respects. Strategies included: being grounded in a social view of health, including advocacy and addressing social determinants; employing Aboriginal staff; creating a welcoming service; supporting access through transport, outreach, and walk-in centres; and integrating cultural protocol. Barriers included: communication difficulties; racism and discrimination; and externally developed programs. Conclusions: Service-level strategies were necessary to achieving cultural respect. These strategies have the potential to improve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and wellbeing. Implications: Primary health care's social determinants of health mandate, the community controlled model, and the development of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workforce need to be supported to ensure a culturally respectful health system.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)355-361
    Number of pages7
    JournalAustralian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health
    Volume38
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 5 Aug 2014

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