Use and promote reflective practice in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander primary health care
This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to review current strategies and frameworks for the provision of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander primary health care and to use and promote reflective practice to manage work in the context of those frameworks. Reflective practice refers to the critical thinking, collaboration and problem solving skills that are essential for health practitioners in their ongoing work to improve service quality and outcomes. The unit also incorporates a focus on professional development.
This unit is specific to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people working as health workers or health practitioners. They work as part of a multidisciplinary primary health care team to provide primary health care services to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander clients.
No regulatory requirement for certification, occupational or business licensing is linked to this unit at the time of publication. For information about practitioner registration and accredited courses of study, contact the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practice Board of Australia (ATSIHPBA).
Working in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Health
Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Health
Elements describe the essential outcomes
Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element.
- Review current strategies and frameworks for Aboriginal and /or Torres Strait Islander health.
- Identify and review current strategies and information about Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander primary health care.
- Identify the key principles and concepts that underpin current practice and how these are integrated into the planning and implementation of day-to-day work.
- Determine the legal and ethical requirements and boundaries that govern Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander primary health care work.
- Evaluate how the roles of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander health care workers and practitioners intersect and diverge from the roles of other health care professionals and how this impacts work practice.
- Identify contemporary issues in primary health care that directly impact own workplace and clients.
- Use reflective practice to manage work.
- Identify the role of reflective practice in own work and how it can be used to improve client outcomes.
- Identify information needed to respond effectively to challenges and issues in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander health care.
- Find credible information and evidence to inform professional decision-making.
- Analyse information using critical thinking processes and techniques.
- Review information against existing protocols and methods to identify the potential for improvement.
- Incorporate a holistic, strengths-based and client-centred approach.
- Support collaboration and continuous improvement by sharing information, knowledge and experiences with others.
- Participate in professional review and development.
- Use reflection to identify personal strengths, areas for improvement and opportunities for further learning.
- Seek and use informal or formal input from others to identify own learning needs.
- Identify information from professional bodies that supports continuing professional development for health workers.
- Plan and implement steps to address continuing professional development needs based on reflection and information sourced.
- Promote reflective practice for self and others.
- Model the processes and behaviours that support reflective practice.
- Identify and share information about benefits that come from reflective practice with colleagues.
- Seek assistance from mentors or other professionals to enhance the quality of reflective practice.
- Identify and use opportunities to provide support to colleagues.
Foundation skills essential to performance in this unit, but not explicit in the performance criteria are listed here, along with a brief context statement.
Reading skills to:
- interpret varied, unfamiliar and potentially complex systemic information and research data about primary health care.
Oral communication skills to:
- explain and share ideas on potentially complex or systemic issues.
Problem-solving skills to:
- work through complex issues and develop substantiated ideas and potential solutions.
Teamwork skills to:
- work collaboratively on complex issues with internal and external colleagues who may be working according to different philosophies and frameworks.
UNIT MAPPING INFORMATION
No equivalent unit.
For details, refer to the full mapping table in the Draft 2 Validation Guide.
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