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JCU partners with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health training posts who allocate one of their staff members to have a role as a cultural mentor within their health service. These cultural mentors support registrars in their training and assist them to develop and enhance their cultural education and cultural safety.
A cultural mentor is a specific role created to support general practice registrars training in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health training posts. Cultural mentors are Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander persons who have detailed local knowledge of their region and are acknowledged in this role by the local Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander community. They guide registrars and staff to feel safe, comfortable and confident as they interact with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their communities. Cultural Mentoring provides clarity around the cultural context of the local community and helps the registrar develop culturally safe clinical practice.
Cultural Mentors play an important role in the training of our GP registrars working in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Medical Services (AMS) or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHS). If you have a placement at an AMS/ACCHS, the cultural mentor is there to support you, the patients and their community.