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Palliative Care in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Resources

Documents and Tools

Working with Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Grief and Bereavement

The Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement (ACGB) has a new Guide “Working with Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Grief and Bereavement”, to help practitioners better understand cultural practices around bereavement and grief in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.

Click here to view the “Working with Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Grief and Bereavement – A Resource for Workers”.

A whispered sort of stuff

A Whispered sort of stuff, is a community report on research around Aboriginal people’s beliefs about cancer and experiences of cancer care in Western Australia.

Click here to view A whispered sort of stuff.

Best Practice Information Package

The Best Practice information package is about improving the ‘visibility’ of Aboriginal patient’s needs within routine hospital processes and as a result, presenting hospitals more positively as places where appropriate health care can be accessed.

Click here to view the Best Practice Information Package.

Cultural considerations: providing end of life care for Aboriginal people

Cultural considerations: providing end of life care for Aboriginal people, outlines practical considerations for providing person- centered palliative care for Aboriginal peoples, Torres Strait Islander peoples and their respective families, while being respectful of intercultural variations and individual choices.

Click here to view Cultural considerations: providing end of life care for Aboriginal people.

Cultural Responsiveness in Action: An IAHA Framework Cultural Responsiveness

The Cultural Responsiveness in Action framework offers a practical, action-based way forward for individuals, organisations and systems in order to improve their capability to meet the health and wellbeing needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Click here to order a copy of the Cultural Responsiveness in Action: An IAHA Framework Cultural Responsiveness document.

Providing culturally appropriate palliative care to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

The Providing culturally appropriate palliative care to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people practice principles, aim to assist palliative care services and personnel to meet the cultural needs to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients, their families and communities. Recognising that palliative care is provided within a context of organizational and personal practice, the principles are supported by the organizational and personal strategies for reflecting on practice.

Click here to view the Providing culturally appropriate palliative care to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people practice principles.

Koorified | Aboriginal Communication and Well-Being

Aboriginal communication styles include a complex mix of grammar, language, sounds, tones, timing, politeness, humour, visual communication and body language.  Koorified contains the language themes, language list and other communication ways

Click here to view an Electronic version of VACCHO’s Kooriefied.

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages

Click here to view the VACL Language map.

Useful Websites

Websites are an excellent resource for information for health professionals on policies and procedures, best practice, skills and training, research and publications. Below are valuable websites to assist health professionals with the management of palliative care in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities.

VACCHO Victorian Aboriginal Palliative Care Project

The Victorian Palliative Care Project aims for Aboriginal people to have access to palliative care services and for palliative care services to provide culturally safe services to Aboriginal people. It also aims to develop and increase the awareness and access to palliative care services and to develop a long and lasting relationship between palliative care providers and Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations (ACCHO’s) across the state of Victoria.

Click here to be directed to the VACCHO website.

Australian Indigenous Health Info Net

Australian Indigenous Health Info Net is a  portal to assist health professionals caring for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people at the end of life, their families and communities.  It covers culturally appropriate palliative and EOL care; grief and bereavement; and planning ahead.

Click here to be directed to the Australian Indigenous Health Info Net website.

Palliative Care Victoria

Palliative Care Victoria (PVC) has developed a suite of resources useful for healthcare professionals on providing culturally appropriate support for Aboriginal people during the journey home.

Click here to be directed to the PCV website.

Disclaimer: GRPCC provides these links for information purpose only and is not responsible for the content of these websites. If you notice any of the links are broken, or would like to suggest additional information resources to be added, please contact us.