Spotlight on WAPHA resources tackling health inequity for Aboriginal People

With National Reconciliation Week, upcoming, WA Primary Health Alliance (WAPHA) would like to highlight the newly released Aboriginal Health Strategy and Cultural Competency and Capability Framework . The development of these strategies along with WAPHA’s Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan demonstrate WAPHA’s commitment to prioritising the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal people and some of the ways WAPHA can instil a continuous quality improvement approach to commissioning services and support general practice to meet the health and wellbeing needs of Aboriginal people and communities.

Driven by the Quintuple Aim for Healthcare Improvement, WAPHA’s Cultural Competency Framework will inform future consultation with primary care providers to support the delivery of culturally safe and appropriate services that improve patient experience, engagement and health outcomes. Consultation is set to commence in 2024, however, WAPHA will engage with any practice who wish to investigate this area of quality improvement at any time.

The aligned Aboriginal Health Strategy recognises the role of general practice in the prevention, early intervention, management and treatment of health conditions and referral to specialist services including commissioned services. Underpinned by key principles that orient commissioned services around general practice, the Strategy recognises that Aboriginal health is holistic and includes the physical, social, emotional, and cultural wellbeing of the whole community.

WAPHA is committed to enabling general practice to inform service design to ensure their role is elevated and integrated where possible. This includes both GPs and all general practice care team members, including practice nurses and Aboriginal health workers.

If your practice would like to get involved with this year’s theme of Be a Voice for Generations, you can download and share a range of resources through your practice channels here