ACEM wins at Australia and New Zealand Internet Awards

ACEM's Indigenous Health and Cultural Competency program won the Diversity category at this years ANZIA awards.
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ACEM is very excited to announce that the Indigenous Health and Cultural Competency (IH&CC) program won the diversity category at this year’s Australian and New Zealand Internet Awards (ANZIA). And there is no one more excited than FACEM Liz Mowatt, who was heavily involved in the creation and implementation of this program.
“It was truly wonderful to receive acknowledgement for the end product,” she said, “It reminded me of how lucky I was to be involved in the project, how much I learnt during the process of developing the modules and podcasts. It was truly a privilege to work with an amazing group of people.”
And this amazing group of people is not a short list. It includes a large number of ACEM staff, FACEMs, trainees, members of organisations such as LIME and AIDA, a number of Indigenous Health Liaison Officers and many many more.
Without the input of all of these individuals, the IH&CC program would not have grown into the suite of resources it is today. The project grew from an idea at the ACEM Working Together - Emergency Medicine, Disaster and Public Health Consensus Meeting, in May 2012, which included the first workshop on Indigenous Health and Emergency Medicine.  ACEM distributed a press release after the event.
“For many Indigenous Australians the ED may be their only encounter with the health care system. It is an opportunity we can’t afford to miss,” Liz said back in 2012.
That idea has very much driven the final product of the IH&CC project, which has developed an extensive set of online learning materials in Indigenous Health and Cultural Competency. They are a great resource for all staff, but especially emergency medicine trainees and Fellows, to understand more about the context when treating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other patients from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
“The increased understanding and self reflection will increase cultural safety, and at the end of the day, culturally safe practice is always about patient and family centred care,” Liz said, “I think that anyone who engages with the resources will take something away that changes the way they practice…. possibly even the next patient they see.”
These resources are also freely available to anyone who wishes to use them.
“The time and research that went into the composition of the material makes them so digestible, they are really a short course for anyone who wants to understand more about the broader issues that effect the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, not just people working in EDs or even in health,” Liz said, ”I recommend them to lots of different people.”

ACEM would like to take this opportunity to thank everybody involved in the Indigenous Health and Cultural Competency program.
If you haven’t had a chance start the IH&CC program yet, you can find it on the ACEM website here.