Indigenous Chronic Disease Package
Cultural awareness training: who needs it?
As part of the requirements for registration under the PIP Indigenous Health Incentive, at least two staff members from the practice (one of whom must be a GP), will need to have completed an endorsed cultural awareness training program in the 12 months before the practice signing onto the PIP Indigenous Health Incentive or within 12 months of joining the Incentive.
A number of cultural awareness programs are available. Information about endorsed training packages can be obtained through your professional medical college, or through the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) and its affiliates.
Exemptions: Practices/services under the management of an Aboriginal Board of Directors, or a committee comprising predominatly Aboriginal community representatives, are exempt from this requirement. A GP who works in these practices/services on a regular basis will be considered to be equivalent of one GP staff member having undertaken cultural awareness training.
Cultural awareness training is also a requirement for health professionals participating in the MSOAP-ICD.