Aboriginal Health Practitioners in training to support Indigenous wellbeing

Published on Tuesday, 16 March 2021 at 10:40:55 AM

GRAMS Aboriginal Health Practitioner trainees, Latisha Range and David Murray.


Aboriginal Health Practitioners play a vital role in improving the health outcomes of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and delivering culturally appropriate health services.


Geraldton Regional Aboriginal Medical Service (GRAMS) recognises the importance of supporting the development of strong, skilled, and dedicated Aboriginal health workers, especially in remote and rural communities.


GRAMS Aboriginal Health Practitioners trainees, Latisha Ranger and David Murray, are excited to start their 12-month course with Marr Mooditj Training Aboriginal Corporation to complete their Certificate IV in Primary Health Care. GRAMS Gascoyne Outreach (Carnarvon) is supporting them in their career path by employing both as trainees and providing the resources required to complete their courses.


Latisha’s time at GRAMS has made her realised that her true passion lies within the health industry, which led her to wanting to become a certified Aboriginal Health Practitioner.


“I have always enjoyed helping people and treating the patients at GRAMS has been such a fulfilling experience,” said Miss Ranger.


“With health and welfare being such an important issue within the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, I wanted to become part of the solution and help close the gap in achieving health equality.”


“Having grown up in Carnarvon, I wanted to give back and make a positive difference in the community. Becoming an Aboriginal Health Practitioner will allow me to connect with different people and improve their health and wellness outcomes,” said Miss Ranger.


Having been recommended to become an Aboriginal Health Practitioner by his mother, David decided to take the leap and applied for the program.   


“I was interested in the health industry and thought it would be a great opportunity for me to become an active part of the community and help others,” said Mr Murray.


“I think if there are more Indigenous health workers, it would help to promote more cultural awareness and create a place that helps Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders feel safe and comfortable.”


“I hope I can motivate and inspire more students from rural and remote areas to join the health industry and provide quality and compassionate care to those who need it most.” 


A recent report by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare found 15% of Indigenous Australians aged 15-64 are working in the health care and social assistance industry.


Carnarvon Practice Manager Mark Gutchen said developing a skilled workforce to improve the safety and quality of clinical services to Aboriginal communities is a priority for GRAMS.


“We need more Indigenous people to join the health sector to raise a clinically and culturally capable workforce,” said Mr Gutchen.


“Indigenous health professionals such as Aboriginal Health Practitioners are effectively positioned to contribute to closing the gap and deliver culturally safe and high-quality care to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders,”

“We’re delighted to see more Aboriginal students embarking on a career path in health. GRAMS is looking forward to supporting Latisha and David in achieving their goals in becoming Aboriginal Health Practitioners,” said Mr Gutchen.


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