National Reconciliation Week

#InThisTogether2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Use the following link which contains information specifically for Aboriginal and Torres Straight Island Peoples provided by Queensland Health

COVID-19 First Peoples

First Peoples Health Mentoring Program

Karulbo ngulli duranan'gahla nyumbanyun baugull dunngunnya nyumbiyan.

Together we grow in safe learning with a guiding hand.

Nyumbanyun nga Nyumbiyun is an introductory mentoring program specifically for First Peoples health students offering culturally responsive mentoring in the health programs of Medicine, Nursing and Midwifery.

Artwork by: Chris Levinge

Close The Gap

CLOSE THE GAP

The National Scheme's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health and Cultural Safety Strategy 2020-2025

A strategy for embedding cultural safety into the health system has been launched

on 27th February 2020 the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) launched a Strategy from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health experts, regulators and health organisations committed to embedding cultural safety into the health system.

The media release from Ahpra states that the National Scheme's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health and Cultural Safety Strategy 2020-2025 (the Strategy)  is endorsed by 43 organisations, academics and individuals, including the entities who set the education standards for the 183,000 students who are studying to become registered health practitioners and the regulators of Australia’s 750,000 registered practitioners.

Read the media release on the Ahpra website - A strategy for embedding cultural safety into the health system has been launched.

Read or download the National Scheme's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health and Cultural Safety Strategy

YUWAHN WUPIN

Closing the cultural awareness gap through First Peoples Health e-Learning.
Griffith Health has launched the updated First Peoples Health e-learning tool, Yuwahn Wupin.
Yuwahn Wupin aligns with a federally endorsed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Curriculum Framework and targets a beginner level of understanding in First Peoples Health.

The Framework aims to prepare graduates across the health professions to provide culturally safe health services to Australia's First Peoples.

Learn more about Yuwahn Wupin

Influential leaders valuing collective knowledges toward better health and wellbeing outcomes for Australia’s First Peoples

The First Peoples Health Unit leads the implementation of the Griffith Health First Peoples Health Plan 2016 – 2022.

The Plan expands on the strategic plan specific to Griffith Health’s commitment to closing the gap in health outcomes between Australia’s First Peoples and other Australians, aligning the First Peoples Health Plan with the Griffith University and Griffith Health Planning Frameworks.

The First Peoples Health Unit aims to compliment the activities of Griffith University, the GUMURRII Indigenous Education Support Unit, the Office of Indigenous Community Engagement, Policy and Partnerships; and the Indigenous Research Unit.

Our People

Meet our remarkable staff and researchers

Aspirations to Health Programs

The program aims to build aspirations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander high school students and inspiring and empowering them to consider University as a possibility. Join us in 2018. We are seeking enthusiastic Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander high school students who want a career in health to participate in our next First Peoples aspirations to Health Programs.

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2019 GRIFFITH HEALTH OUTSTANDING FIRST PEOPLES ALUMNUS AWARD WINNER

Cassandra Nest

Bachelor of Midwifery

Read Cassandra's story

2018 Outstanding First Peoples Alumnus Award Winner

Clinton Schultz

Outstanding First Peoples Health Alumni

2018 OUTSTANDING FIRST PEOPLES HEALTH ALUMNUS

One of less than 20 male Aboriginal registered psychologists nationally, and a strong Gamilaroi man, Clinton Schultz founded, Marumali Consultations, providing culturally responsive social and emotional wellbeing support services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Mr Schultz consults on organisational cultural responsiveness and on the Queensland Child Deaths Case Review Panel. He also mentors Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and university students.

Ms Rochelle Pitt

2017 Outstanding First Peoples Health Alumnus
High Notes
Nursing

Rochelle Pitt graduated with a Bachelor of Nursing from Griffith University in 1996. As a Renal Care Nurse and Coordinator, Rochelle has made outstanding contributions to Aboriginal communities. For over 25 years, Rochelle has integrated her music and work to support personal and community health.

Dr Vanessa Lee

Outstanding Success First Peoples Health PhD Graduate
Enhancing Health
Public Health

In 2016, Vanessa Lee graduated from the Griffith University School of medicine as its first Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Public health PhD graduate.

Dr Michael Baker

2016 Outstanding First Peoples Health Alumnus
Creating Smiles
Dentistry

Dentistry graduate Dr Michael Baker is using his education to support better oral health in Indigenous communities through his own dental practice.

Dr Samarra Toby

2016 Outstanding Health School Alumnus (Medicine)
Health Drive
Medicine

Dr Toby completed her medical degree in 2008 and is now based in Rockhampton, where she is fulfilling her ambition to make a positive contribution to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health.

Key focus areas

Learning and Teaching

Enhance First Peoples student and staff success and transform Non-First Peoples student and staff experience in First Peoples Health

Research

Contribute to Griffith University's development as a University of Influence in improving the health outcomes for First Peoples communities

Engagement

Engaging First Peoples staff, students and communities to be a University of Influence in First Peoples Health

Sustainability

First Peoples Health business to be sustainable

Internationalisation

Initiate partnerships in First Peoples Health by contributing to the University's growing international reputation for excellence

First Peoples Health Newsletter

To stay up-to-date with the latest news, events, programs and achievements of First Peoples Health through our newsletter.

Warning

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples are advised that the current and previous editions of the First Peoples Health newsletter contain names and or images of deceased persons.

Transition and Tertiary Preparedness (TTP) Program

We are proud to introduce the Transition and Tertiary Preparedness (TTP) Program, a new online program to support and enable Griffith Health students to make a confident and successful start to their studies. The TTP Program consists of a range of modules, each containing workshop sessions with video presentations offering practical advice and guidance to help students ‘hit the ground running’ and make a confident and successful start to their studies. The sessions are also helpful for continuing students who want to refresh their knowledge and further enhance their academic and study skills. You can access the TTP Program via the 'Student Support' link in all Griffith Health Learning@Griffith course sites.

Other Resources

Indigenous Research Unit

The Indigenous Research Unit supports development of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander academics and higher degree researchers and their projects.

Indigenous Research Unit

Council of Elders

Griffith University's Council of Elders works to empower and encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and staff. The Council also promotes a spirit of reconciliation and respect.

Council of Elders

Community engagement, policy and partnerships

The Office of ICEPP provides the University advice on Indigenous higher education and works on initiatives that contribute to the spiritual, social, emotional, economic and educational wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.

ICEPP

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