Cultural mentors engage and participate in cultural activities that will enhance and enrich the learning experience of the registrar and help build their cultural awareness and capabilities during their training placement.
Cultural mentors can be an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander staff member of a GP Synergy accredited Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service (ACCHS) or an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander member of the community nominated by an accredited ACCHS.
The role of the cultural mentor includes:
- providing cultural education and/or safety education and training to meet the needs of the local ACCHS and its community (a mentoring session can occur one-on-one or in a group setting)
- raising awareness of historical and political events that have impacted Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their health today.