Asking the Question
Murray PHN is partnering with general practices to deliver the 'Ask the Question' project.
Why asking the question is important
The under-identification of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in mainstream health services and national health data sets is a fundamental barrier to achieving health equality for all Australians. The Indigenous population in Australia has historically had, and continue to have significantly worse health outcomes than the general Australian population.
Why it's important for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders to identify
It's important that your health care professional is aware if you are of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander origin, so they can provide you with a high standard of individualised care. Understanding your origin and what this means to you, helps them care for you better. Importantly, many people of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander origin are at a greater risk of developing certain health conditions that may be preventable or can be treated more effectively when detected early. Your health care professional may also provide you with more specific information about your health and additional health care options. If you have any questions, or would like to let your health service know that you are of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander origin, please contact your local general practice.
Training video for general practice staff
- Creating a welcoming environment - cultural awareness self-audits and general information resources
- Why asking the question is important - A4 poster
- Acknowledgement of country - poster for practices to use and display
- Suggested social media posts - for practices to use on their social media platforms
- Social media tile - for use with the social media posts above.