The Indigenous Educational Pathways Project
ADEA initiated and led the development of the National Core Competencies for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Diabetes Health Workers and Diabetes Health Practitioners. The National Aboriginal Health Workers Association (NATSIHWA) and the Indigenous Allied Health Association (IAHA) provided oversight and input and have endorsed the competencies.
The competencies have been researched and developed in collaboration with a Project Advisory Group. Other professional bodies and consumers were engaged to ascertain the roles, training, base qualifications and competencies of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Health Workers and Health Practitioners.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are almost four times more likely to have diabetes or pre-diabetes than non-Indigenous, and diabetes was found to be more than double in remote areas (21%) compared with non-remote areas (9%). Type 2 diabetes is a significant contributor to morbidity and mortality rates for Indigenous adults.
The publication of these core competencies signals a clear commitment on the part of ADEA in supporting Indigenous communities to better health outcomes, improving the lives of Indigenous people affected by diabetes and recognising and enhancing the role of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Health Workers and Health Practitioners.
Consideration has been given to the skills, knowledge and competencies required to provide culturally appropriate diabetes education.
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The overall aim of the role of the Project Advisory Group was to provide critical advice to ensure a culturally appropriate pathway is developed for Aboriginal Health Practitioners to gain skills in diabetes education.
Jan Alford CHAIR
Dwayne Pearce NATSIHWA
Bernadette Heenan CDE
Karrina DeMasi CDE
Patricia Elarde Diabetes Queensland
Joanne Ramadge National Office Support
Angela Llewellyn National Office Support
Rachel Freeman National Office Support