We're committed to improving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Māori health outcomes. And we're committed to having those outcomes informed and influenced by those who are best placed to do so. We're partnering with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Māori peoples to ensure their voice is leading our work.
The Indigenous Health Strategy Group (IHSG) will advise us on all decisions and solutions relating to our strategy.
Our high-level objectives are to:
provide a culturally safe pharmacist workforce for all Indigenous peoples of Australia and New Zealand
provide a culturally safe pharmacist workforce for all Australians and New Zealanders
influence and show leadership in the pharmacy sector in achieving health equity
achieve greater access for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and Māori to culturally safe services
achieve increased participation by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Māori people in the health and education workforce with an overarching aim to achieve parity
collaborate with others to contribute to the evidence base on the benefits of a culturally safe workforce
To action this the IHSG's advice includes:
embedding cultural competency in pharmacy education
ensuring Indigenous attributes are valued and respected across all areas
Faye is a Wiradjuri yinaa (woman) from Trangie, NSW. She is a pharmacist with leadership and expertise in education.
She is currently Associate Professor in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health in the School of Population Health at the University of New South Wales (UNSW). This year she has started her new role as one of two new Deputy National Rural Health Commissioners. Here she will play a vital role in the Federal Government's agenda to increase access to rural health services.
John is a member of the Yorta Yorta and Gunnai nations in south eastern Australia. He brings experience in teaching cultural safety through workshops, presentations and keynote speaking.
He provides expertise, consultancy and solutions around Indigenous engagement and inclusion.
Leanne was born near her ancestral mountain of Ruapehu where she affiliates to her Ngāti Rangi, Te Āti Haunui-a-Pāpārangi side.
As well as providing care as a pharmacist prescriber in her communities, Leanne works part time as Associate Dean Māori at Otago University’s School of Pharmacy. She brings expertise in leadership and experience in practice and education.
Aleena is a Yugambeh woman from South-East Queensland. She is a registered pharmacist with a background in rural and remote pharmacy practice. Aleena brings a lived experience of working as a pharmacist while maintaining connections to community and country.
Aleena also sits on our RAP Working Group.
Chastina is a Nywaigi, Mamu, Bidjara woman. She is currently working as a clinical pharmacist at the Logan Hospital in Brisbane and is a Conjoint Associate Lecturer in the School of Pharmacy at the University of Queensland.
She is passionate about sharing her stories of knowing, being and doing pharmacy and healthcare business, especially in regard to the health and wellbeing of Australia's First Peoples.