ABSTRACT NUMBER - 295

CULTURAL AWARENESS IN PRACTICE: INDIGENOUS PATHWAYS TO OPHTHALMOLOGY SERVICES


Meeting:  2016 RANZCO


SESSION INFORMATION

Date: 23 Nov 2016

Session Title: RANZCO Professional Development Session

Session Time: 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

This plenary session will showcase the important role that Koori culture and heritage play in the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples living in Victoria. We are very privileged to have Australia’s leading Aboriginal opera singer and composer talk about this topic and one of Victoria’s leading Aboriginal artists. We will use examples from local communities to show the way community members can be empowered to develop and present health promotion messages and develop regional eye care networks.

Abstract: Significant progress is being made to close the gap for vision and many of the recommendations in the Roadmap to Close the Gap for Vision (2012) have been implemented. One component identifies the need for improved Indigenous access to mainstream eye health services that ensure responsive and culturally appropriate care. Many professional societies, including RANZCO, offer cultural safety and awareness education modules for their members. This symposium will provide a refreshing perspective on cultural awareness through reflection on the cultural determinants of health and recognise the connections to culture and country that can enhance resilience and empowerment for improved health outcomes. The symposium comprises four presentations aimed at promoting cultural awareness and exploring the important role culture and heritage play in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples living in Victoria.

 

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