Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers/Health Practitioners

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers and Health Practitioners make a vital contribution to health care in Australia in both specialised service delivery and in a wide range of mainstream health care roles ref=28890. Their roles may include enhancing the amount and quality of clinical services provided to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people clients, facilitating communication with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities, and practice administration and management ref=2661.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers and Health Practitioners play an important role in reducing anxiety and improving the quality of communication for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients through cultural brokerage. They assist general practitioners (GPs) to better understand and respond to clients’ concerns, and help clients to better understand the illness and treatment.

The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker Association (NATSIHWA) is the health profession association and peak body for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers and Health Practitioners. NATSIHWA supports, promotes and gains recognition for the role of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workforce.

This web resource also supports information sharing and collaboration among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers and Health Practitioners via a Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker Yarning place.

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