This document provides a guide to appropriate and respectful behaviour with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. It is intended to give RACGP members and staff background information and guidance on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives, along with an understanding of important protocols and other relevant cultural issues. It can be used to guide the RACGP’s overall engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, communities and organisations in the improvement of their health and wellbeing. Because Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander beliefs and practices differ according to variables such as location and culture, the guidelines and protocols cannot apply to every community or to every situation. Members and staff are therefore strongly encouraged to seek additional information regarding specific local communities. Where a staff member or GP has considerable dealings with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their health issues, the RACGP strongly recommends that appropriately recognised cultural safety training is undertaken. This document is the start of the journey, not the end. It can be used as an adjunct to other cultural awareness raising or cultural safety training activities, including supporting staff undertaking related education and training.
The information contained on this website has been sourced by the Australian Indigenous Psychology Education Project (AIPEP) and AIPEP 2. The first AIPEP was funded by the Australian Government Office of Teaching and Learning. AIPEP 2 is part of the Transforming Indigenous Mental Health and Wellbeing Project, funded by the Million Minds Mission Grant. The views expressed in this website do not necessarily reflect the views of the Australian Government Office of Teaching and Learning or the Million Minds Mission Grant.
Several of the images used throughout this website are credited to Chris Lewis