Cultural, social and educational barriers continue to exist for First nations professionals and patients alike within Australia’s Healthcare system. Institutional racism and disparity in cultural health practices permeate through Indigenous communities who hold a number of reservations.
However, those addressing the treatment our First Nations community, as both patients and professionals are beginning to be recognised.
Midwife and Ngunnawal woman Cassandra Nest, and Aborignal Health Co-Ordinator, Bundjalung and Kullilli woman Melissa Browning are two recipients of Hesta Awards for their work in Queensland health.
Along with this recognition comes attention and funding for methods and programs addressing the needs for Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander people in hospitals.Download Audio