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Trigger points for a GP referral to an Aboriginal health worker

  • The patient is of Aboriginal descent
  • May have communication difficulties in understanding the nature of the disease, its symptoms and treatment
  • The patient may have cultural sensitivities of which the health care team needs to be aware

Trigger points for an Aboriginal health worker referral to a GP

  • The patient is not responding to medical treatment
  • The patient may not be adhering to the treatment program
  • Symptoms are worsening
  • Comorbidity may be suspected

Potential treatment by an Aboriginal health worker

  • Act as interpreters to ensure the healthcare professional is clear about the patient's symptoms, medical and personal history
  • Ensure that the patient has a good understanding of the diagnosis, treatment and healthcare advice
  • Monitor the patient in between medical appointments
  • Keep progress notes to be stored in the patient's file and on a database by other healthcare professionals
  • Specialise in areas such as diabetes, mental health and eye and ear health