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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People

Palliative Care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People

 Australia's palliative care community recognises the importance of an awareness of cultural issues when providing services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

The following links provide information that may be helpful in the provision of palliative care to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their families.

Sad News, Sorry Business: Guidelines for caring for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people through death and dying

These guidelines were researched and developed by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Capability Team for Queensland Health.  The guidelines are intended to be respectful of the diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures in Queensland and hence provide general guidance and broad information for health professionals.

Palliative Care Australia Position Statement; Palliative Care and Indigenous Australians 

 PEPA; Cultural Considerations, Providing end of life care for Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islander peoples

The Program for Experience in the Palliative Approach, (PEPA), is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health. This document outlines practical considerations for providing person-centred palliative care for Aboriginal peoples, Torres Strait Islander peoples and their respective families, while being respectful of intercultural variations and individual choices. 

PEPA; Learning guide for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Health Workers

This is the workbook associated with the PEPA workshop program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and healthcare providers predominantly caring for Indigenous people.  

To find out more about the PEPA workshops and placements see here

 CareSearch Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Resources

CareSearch is an online resource designed to help those needing relevant and trustworthy information and resources about palliative care.  It has a specific section that may be of relevance and interest to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, families and community, and to the health professionals who are looking after them[WU6] .

 
 


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