What preparation do health professionals need in order to work effectively in Indigenous primary health care contexts?


Robyn Williams (Charles Darwin University), presents her research on health professionals and Indigenous Primary Health in urban, rural and remote areas

Start Date

21st Sep 2017 12:00pm

End Date

21st Sep 2017 1:00pm


Burnie, Launceston, Hobart, Darlinghurst, Rozelle

RSVP / Contact Information or 6324 5045

In this seminar the author will share some of the challenges and lessons learned so far from her research based on 22 health professionals’ stories about their engagement and relationship with the Indigenous primary health care contexts where they worked. The author will also give a brief overview of the relevant literature, the research study design and discuss the data analysis.

To date, data analysis has highlighted many common themes including: long–term and strong desire to work in a ‘non-hospital’, primary health care setting; a distinct set of personal characteristics; and sets of professional capabilities and skills. Being clinically competent was deemed vital but what was seen as equally important included: building relationships, trust and working in partnership and cultural safety. Specific and strong recommendations that have emerged include: the necessity of appropriate, timely and locally contextualised orientation, effective communication processes, and a culturally safe environment at all levels. The research has already informed educational and professional practice and aims to further contribute to ways in which health professionals can work more effectively when working in Indigenous primary health care locations.

Robyn Williams BA, RN, Grad DipEd, MPET
Robyn has nursing and education qualifications and has over thirty-seven years of experience of working with Indigenous peoples, primarily in the NT but also all over Australia. Her fields of expertise and interests include cultural safety, effective communication; curriculum development and program implementation; evaluation of community based programs; and qualitative research in Indigenous and rural and remote health issues.

Robyn is currently coordinating the Bachelor of Health Science at CDU where she also teaches into the Bachelors of Nursing and Midwifery (Indigenous health, working cross-culturally and rural and remote health). Recently she has been part of a CATSINaM working group for the adaptation of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Curriculum; and is working with IAHA on a Career Pathways project and a Cultural Responsiveness workshop package. She has also worked closely with the Chronic Conditions and Remote Health programs, NT Department of Health, and currently facilitates effective communication and health literacy workshops for an NT DoH project. Robyn works collaboratively with the NRHA, AMSANT, CATSINaM, IAHA, Lowitja Institute of Indigenous Health Research, and CRANAplus. Robyn is also undertaking PhD studies where her thesis is on exploring preparation for health professionals to be culturally safe and effective practitioners in Indigenous primary health care settings.

Venue information:

MR.AL09.L02.214 - CC.D214 Immersive Video Conf Rm
DH.DH01.L01.106 - DH.106 Video Conference 1
SB.AX17.L02.210 - SB.SocSci210 Video Conf/Seminar room
NH.BF24.L00.023 - NH.A023 Video Conference Rm
RZ.RZ02.L01.022 - Immersive Video Conf Suite

For further information contact: or 6324 5045.