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Winnunga’s role is not only that of a health centre



Winnunga’s role is not only that of a health centre, but also a source of information and education. We see education as a way to continue the development of quality health care for Aboriginal people in the Canberra community. As part of this commitment, on Thursday April 7, Winnunga hosted a training day in Aboriginal Health for GP Registrars.

The day began with traditional dancing by Duncan Smith's brilliant Wiradjuri Echo group, which was followed by an introduction and history from Winnunga CEO, Ms Julie Tongs. This beginning sought to illustrate the unique context of the training the GP Registrars were undertaking.

Speakers during the day included Ms Gaye Doolan from ANU and Dr Jennifer Brown from CCCT. Members of Winnunga's Social Health Team moderated small group case discussions at the end of the day, focusing on issues of particular importance to the Aboriginal community, and to health care. Pictured are the Registrars after their barbecue lunch at Winnunga with CEO Julie Tongs and Chairperson Judy Harris.

Winnunga has a long history of teaching both medical graduates and undergraduates. For more than a decade, Winnunga has been providing training and education to GP Registrars, and medical students.

Currently, Winnunga is hosting 2 GP Registrars, a Resident Medical Officer and a Psychiatry Registrar from Canberra Hospital, as well as medical students. By providing practice and an opportunity for learning, Winnunga aims to ensure that in the future more practitioners will have a better understanding, and increased experience in Aboriginal Health.