searching Health Collection Change databases

Image of Publication

  • Peer Reviewed
  • Citation only


about this publication

What do GPs need to work more effectively with Aboriginal patients?: Views of Aboriginal cultural mentors and health workers

Australian Family Physician
Volume 43 Issue 1/2 (Jan/Feb 2014)

Abstract: Background: Given the health inequity faced by Aboriginal people, it is important that interactions with general practitioners (GPs) are effective and that GPs are aware of issues affecting culturally competent practice. Methods: Semi-structured interviews undertaken with Aboriginal people who had a role in cultural support or mentorship of GPs and registrars in urban or large rural centres were analysed thematically. Results: Fourteen participants contributed to the study. They emphasised that a culturally respectful approach was the most important attribute. Other core knowledge and skills that promote effective relationships and healthcare were categorised as attitudes and approach, communication and consultation skills, culturally aware practices and applied knowledge. Discussion: Respectful attitudes and good communication and consultation skills need to be combined with knowledge of the historical, cultural, social, medical and system factors that impact on healthcare delivery for Aboriginal patients. Access to cultural mentorship or support is important to promote culturally competent practice.

To cite this article: Abbott, Penelope; Dave, Darshana; Gordon, Elaine and Reath, Jennifer. What do GPs need to work more effectively with Aboriginal patients?: Views of Aboriginal cultural mentors and health workers [online]. Australian Family Physician, Vol. 43, No. 1/2, Jan/Feb 2014: 58-63. Availability: <http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=827138782671971;res=IELHEA> ISSN: 0300-8495. [cited 28 Aug 16].

Personal Author: Abbott, Penelope; Dave, Darshana; Gordon, Elaine; Reath, Jennifer; Source: Australian Family Physician, Vol. 43, No. 1/2, Jan/Feb 2014: 58-63 Document Type: Journal Article, Research ISSN: 0300-8495 Subject: Aboriginal Australians--Medical care; Physician and patient; Cultural competence; Physicians (General practice)--Training of; Medical care--Evaluation; Communication in medicine; Peer Reviewed: Yes Affiliation: (1) Senior Lecturer, Department of General Practice, School of Medicine, University of Western Sydney, NSW, email: p.abbott@uws.edu.au
(2) Registrar, Department of General Practice, School of Medicine, University of Western Sydney, NSW
(3) Aboriginal Cultural Consultant, Department of General Practice, School of Medicine, University of Western Sydney, NSW
(4) Chair of General Practice, School of Medicine, University of Western Sydney, NSW

Database: Health Collection