We value our relationships with Aboriginal health organisations and aim to work closely with these partners to develop and deliver meaningful initiatives that improve primary healthcare outcomes for local Aboriginal communities. MCCC continues to prioritise delivery of its strategic plan for Aboriginal health.
MCCC has established partnerships with a number of stakeholders in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health sector, including: Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO), Eastern Victoria GP Training (EVGPT), Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations (ACCHOs), and Aboriginal communities within the training footprint, which include Elders, Cultural Educators and Mentors. MCCC has its own Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Advisory Committee (AHAC)
MCCC has a Memorandum of Understanding with VACCHO and EVGPT and this tripartite agreement ensures we work collaboratively on activities and events to support registrars in training and communities within the training footprint. We develop individual practice agreements each year with ACCHOs. In each case, MCCCs Aboriginal Health Liaison Manager, the Regional Manager, and/or the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Program Manager meet with the practice to discuss and agree on responsibilities. MCCC’s AHAC meets quarterly. The membership includes Elders, other community members, and representatives from MCCC’s Board and staff.
We are working towards development of a Reconciliation Action Plan and continue to foster our long-standing and effective working relationships with the Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services and other Indigenous health services and communities within the region.
A work in progress
Our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Medical Education Group works in unison with MCCC’s Cultural Educators (CE) and Cultural Mentors (CM) to establish a syllabus for registrars, offer support and guidance to registrars working within posts, develop exam support resources for use by registrars and ensure integration of the Aboriginal Health syllabus to ensure consistency across MCCC and alignment with both College curricula.
95% of MCCC administration and executive staff have attended Cultural Awareness training offered across our four training hubs. This training is also incorporated into all scheduled Registrar workshops. MCCC Medical Educators and Supervisors have been and will continue to be offered opportunities to attend Cultural Safety/Cultural Awareness training.
Our Aboriginal Health Advisory Committee provides advice and support to guide development of MCC’s Aboriginal Health Strategic Plan and Reconciliation Plan. The Committee has member representation from all four hubs and includes Elders from our local communities. The Committee meets quarterly.
Our MCCC Aboriginal Health team visits the majority of practices across the MCCC footprint and holds discussions regarding MCCC’s strategic plan and individual practice agreements. These visits have allowed MCCC to further strengthen our relationships, promote registrar training and consider ideas of how to further support practices.
Our key priorities for the future are; building GP training posts at Aboriginal Controlled Community Health Organisations in our region, further engaging with our Cultural Educators and Mentors who offer invaluable support to GP training and embedding curriculum into all aspects of GP training.