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Northern Health and First Peoples’ Health and Wellbeing have signed a Memorandum of Understanding, MOU, to strengthen cultural safety and improve access to services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients.  

Northern Health’s chief executive Siva Sivarajah and First People’s health and wellbeing chief executive Karinda Taylor signed the agreement on August 21. 

Both organisations welcomed the MOU that will focus on improved collaborative opportunities in delivering Aboriginal community health priorities and increased support to ensure the cultural safety of patients and staff.  

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Other priorities include a commitment to supporting First Peoples’ development of their own clinical practice and assistance towards achieving each other’s strategies and objectives.  

Mr Sivarajah said he was pleased to reinforce the commitment to improve the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people through ensuring equity in access to high-quality, culturally sensitive services.  

“At Northern Health, we are committed to providing holistic and culturally-appropriate services that improve health and wellbeing, and strengthens our connections to our diverse community,” he said.

“I look forward to continue working together to address Aboriginal community health priorities and ensure cultural safety for our staff, patients and community.” 

Ms Taylor said the MOU was a shared vision of the future.  

“Both organisations have done a range of work around improving the care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients, and this MOU is really about a shared vision for the future,” she said.

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