School of NursingASSESSMENT COVER SHEETStudent Name(s):Xuan Quynh NguyenStudent No.(s):N10049398Note:If this is a group assessment submission, please list the student name and numbers of all group members in the above box.Unit Name: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples’ Well-Being.Unit Code: NSB202Due Date: 01/06/2018Lecturer’s/Tutor’s Name: Cindy PhilippTutorial Day/Time: Thursday 4-6pm.Assessment No. 2Assessment Title:Task 2A-Report- Topic 3Word count total: 1325 word
INTRODUCTIONInterdisciplinary collaboration among healthcare professionals is the key to improvepatient health outcomes. Teamwork maximises specific strengths of each individual tofocus on the care of the patient and supports weaknesses of other teammates. Effectiveinterdisciplinary relationships enhance healthcare quality and reduce cost for patients,while improving health care worker satisfaction (Babiker et al., 2014). In Australia,Indigenous health workers and health practitioners make a vital contribution to healthcare in providing primary and clinical care for individuals, families and communitygroups (Andrology Australia, 2018).This report will focus on the role of Indigenous health workforce, discuss thecapabilities and limitations of Indigenous health workers to the interdisciplinary teamand how to optimise their role to operates efficiently in health care and provide acomprehensive care to patients. DISCUSSIONIndigenous health workers are considered as a professional group of the primary andcommunity healthcare workforce in Australia (Drummond, 2014). Being a culturalbroker with assistance to non-Indigenous health providers in communicating effectivelywith Indigenous patients is crucial part of the Indigenous health worker role(Drummond, 2014). It also allows Indigenous patients and mainstream health servicesinteract more effectively by overcoming cultural and communication barriers (Abbott etal., 2008). For examples, anxiety and distress can be caused by difference in culturaland language between doctors and Indigenous patients during follow-up visits, causingXUAN QUYNH NGUYEN- N10049398
misunderstanding and frustration on both sides (Bird & Henderson, 2005). Poorcommunication between healthcare providers and patients may increase the risk of poordiagnosis and patients’ non-adherence to treatment plan (Townsend, 2008). To addresspsychological issues related to cultural barriers, Indigenous health workers play apivotal role in assisting non-Indigenous health professionals through cultural brokerageto have a better communication with Indigenous patients, understanding and respondingto patients’ concerns about their illness and medical treatments. Consequently, this willbring about appropriate treatment regimes, improved treatment compliance, andeffective health outcomes for patients (Bird & Henderson, 2005).
You've reached the end of your free preview.
Want to read all 10 pages?
- Fall '17