Indigenous ingenuity

  • Working with Indigenous patients requires awareness of cultural sensitivities
  • Practice style and treatments must be modified to suit
  • 'Cultural mentor' programs operating with success in some states

FOR registrars with no experience in Indigenous health, a training term in an Aboriginal medical service can present a range of challenges, not limited to the obvious cultural differences.

According to Dr Naomi Harris, GP and former chair of General Practice Registrars Australia, when registrars encounter difficulties in coping with these challenges, it can