Aboriginal people who have a long stay in hospital following trauma, or a medical episode, face unique challenges.
The new My rehab, my journey – Gadjigadji* website provides information and practical resources to help clinicians and health staff create a culturally safe environment for Aboriginal people.
The resources can be used by rehabilitation services and in other areas of health care.
Services that have trialled the resources say their communication and relationships with Aboriginal patients have improved through important activities, such as yarning and using outdoor spaces.
These types of individual or service-wide changes can help Aboriginal people stay engaged with health services, and ultimately improve a person’s experience and health outcomes.
How to get started
- Take a quick quiz to assess your cultural awareness.
- Use the service audit tool (PDF, 337KB) to evaluate your ward or service.
- Create an action plan using the implementation toolkit.
The resources have been developed by the Agency for Clinical Innovation (ACI) in partnership with Aboriginal clinicians and community.
* Gadjigadji is a Gamilaraay word meaning regrowth.