New degree to increase Indigenous primary healthcare workforce

The overall health of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population is a pervasive issue in Australia, and despite repeated efforts to close the gap many interventions have failed to produce any substantial outcomes.

Part of the solution lies in boosting the Indigenous primary health care workforce, who are often the first point of contact in an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander community.

The Faculty of Health at the University of Technology Sydney is preparing to begin a new course in Primary Health care for Indigenous students, to give them the chance to expand their education and skills.

Joanne Gray, Associate Dean Teaching and Learning in Health, and Rachel Smith, who is the course co-ordinator of the Bachelor of Primary Health Care, speak to Ellen Leabeater about the new course.

Image: Moyan Brenn on Flickr.

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