Gwandalan: Supporting Palliative Care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities
Spirituality plays an important role in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture with many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people possessing strong beliefs about the existence of life beyond the physical realm. Life and death are viewed as a continuous cycle from birth to death to re-birth; the life, death, life pattern. This website provides a range of information including e-learning modules, dillybag resources and information about becoming a trainer.
This short illustrated book tells the story of Pop Arthur, a man living in a remote community with his family. It follows the journey of Pop Arthur through palliative care and to the end of his life and includes family members’ reflections on Pop Arthur’s life and his decision to stop active treatment and die at home with his family.
Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO) Palliative Care Project
VACCHO’s Aboriginal Palliative Care Project
VACCHO’s Victorian Palliative Care Project aims for Aboriginal people to have access to palliative care services and for palliative care services to provide culturally safe services to Aboriginal people. It also aims to develop and increase the awareness and access to palliative care services and to develop a long and lasting relationship between palliative care providers and Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations (ACCHO’s) across the state of Victoria.
Cultural safety in providing palliative care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders
Australian Indigenous palliative care and end-of-life care portal
The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNetpalliative care portal has many useful resources for anyone working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with a life-limiting illness.
Cultural Considerations: Providing end of life care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
This booklet from the Australian Government funded Program of Experience in Palliative Care (PEPA) run by the Queensland University of Technology Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation aims to provide health care services with information about the delivery of cultural care during the end of life journey for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Click link to download
Sad news sorry business: Guidelines for caring for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people through death and dying
This booklet provides insight into appropriate cultural knowledge and practices to assist people to provide culturally and clinically responsive care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their families at the end of life.
Culturally safe communication skills – tips for non-Indigenous health professionals
Cancer Australia has released Culturally safe communication skills – tips for non-Indigenous health professionals to support health professionals provide culturally safe and appropriate care to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people affected by cancer.
The resource comprises five short videos and key messages tip sheet which includes practical tips and advice from medical oncologists, cancer care co-ordinators, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Liaison Officers and Health Workers, as well as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with cancer. Click here to read more.
PCC4U Toolkit: Caring for Australian Indigenous peoples affected by life-limiting illness
This toolkit has been developed through First Nations-led community engagement and two-way consultation involving engagement with key First Nations stakeholders, organisational and project partners, educators and students. Learning aligns with key strategic frameworks for education and cultural responsiveness. Click here to access the kit.
Having a Yarn about health and planning ahead (advance care planning)
Dying to Talk Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Discussion Starter: Working Out What’s Right For You
Dying to Talk is an initiative of Palliative Care Australia that encourages Australians to talk about dying. Dying to Talk aims to reach into the community to normalise dying in Australia and to help Australians work out what’s right for them at the end of their lives.
Taking Control of YOUR Health Journey
The Taking Control of YOUR Health Journey booklet was developed as part of a project funded by the Australian Government to increase awareness of advance care planning in the Aboriginal community. Click here to access booklet
Taking care of Dying Time
Aboriginal Community Support Worker, Chris Thorne talks about his personal experience with a family member and the value and importance of having an advance care plan in place.
Having a Yarn-Final Footprints: My Culture, My Kinship, My Country’:
This video examines safe and appropriate ways to approach the challenging subject of death and dying with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. It includes discussion on “death and dying”, “finishing up”, “sorry or sad business” or “sorry camps”, and “palliative care”.
Indigenous Program of Experience in the Palliative Approach (IPEPA) have five new videos which explore understanding around palliative care, and what happens when diagnosed with a life-limiting illness. Find more IPEPA resources on their website.
Aboriginal Hospital Liaison Officers (AHLOs) and the Improving Care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Patients Program (ICAP)
All metropolitan public hospitals have workers dedicated to providing support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their families.
The Aboriginal Health Liaison Officer program (AHLO) is a state government funded program that began in 1982. In 2004, the state government introduced the Improving Care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Patients Program (ICAP). ICAP builds on the AHLO program.