Griffith University First Peoples Health Unitwill partner in cultural safety training for the national regulator of registered health practitioners.

Collaborating with PricewaterhouseCoopers Indigenous Consulting Pty Limited as part of an Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) project, the unit will design, deliver to and evaluate an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health and Cultural Safety Training Program for more than 1400 people.

AHPRA works under the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme, which has a strategic priority to partner with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health leaders to enable a culturally safe and capable workforce.

This is to address the disproportionate representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples in Australia’s healthcare system.

The Griffith University team is led by Professor Roianne West and includes Dr Vicki Saunders, Professor Debra Creedy, Professor Andrea Bialocerkowski, Nadia Currie, Professor Eleanor Milligan and Dr Fiona Rowe Minniss.

Professor West said the team was “honoured to win the project”.

“Griffith First Peoples Health Unit have been working tirelessly to build the cultural capability of Griffith Health, students and staff,” Professor West said.

“This tender affirms Griffith’s commitment to health equity through innovative development and confirms Griffith as a leader national in this area.”

Starting in December 2019, AHPRA staff and board members will receive the training over a two-year period.