This topic explores the unique environmental and cultural context that characterizes the inseparable work and living situation of Remote Health professionals worldwide. Indigenous health and well-being are explored, particularly considering the interface between western biomedical models of health care and the diversity of Indigenous cultures. Issues relating to global Indigenous health are contextualized to remote practice by exploring issues of historical, cultural and political significance that influence the present health status of Indigenous Australians. Using a cultural safety framework, students examine their own values and beliefs and reflect on appropriate delivery of health care to Indigenous people that is transferable across practice settings. Decolonisation is presented as a way forward to address matters of social justice. Both positive and rewarding aspects of this unique practice context and challenges of living and working in remote areas are considered. Strategies for managing stress commonly experienced by remote practitioners are explored.
This topic aims to develop the students' understanding of Remote and Indigenous people; the cultural, living and health issues faced in remote contexts; and how this affects Remote Health practice.