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Building culturally safe care

Building culturally safe care

As both a Gunditjmara and Wotjobaluk woman and an occupational therapist, Tya Fry has a particular interest in making Austin Health's care and services feel culturally safe to indigenous patients.

"Research indicates very few Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients access mainstream Occupational Therapy services," says Ms. Fry, who works as an OT on Ward 8 North.

After winning a scholarship to attend a recent National Indigenous Allied Health Conference, Ms. Fry presented ideas to the Occupational Therapy staff on how they may deliver better culturally safe services in all aspects of their work.

She recently won a scholarship to attend the biannual National Indigenous Allied Health Conference, which attracted more than 250 delegates from around Australia. Ms. Fry is the first person to represent Austin Health at the National Conference.

Ms. Fry says that she is often asked questions about Indigenous health by colleagues, and is excited to be formalising the role, by becoming one of the founding members of Austin Health's new Aboriginal Health Steering Committee.

She is looking forward to working with the committee to ensure the delivery of culturally safe and appropriate services and progressing Austin Health's goal of Closing the Health Gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non Indigenous Australians.

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