Posted November 20, 2019 05:17:28The Government has promised to make Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) doctors more involved in health and safety, with one of its first steps to date targeting vulnerable communities.
Key points:Black doctors are already made to participate in the National Ambulatory Care (NAC) scheme, but the move to make them more involved could make it more challenging for them to make a livingThere will also be increased pressure to get Black and minority ethnic (BAME) doctors to take part in the schemeThe Government is now considering changes to NAC, which requires doctors to provide care in emergency situations and is meant to improve care for people with life-threatening conditions.
The changes are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.
Dr Bruce Brown, a consultant in emergency medicine and emergency medicine at the Royal Adelaide Hospital, said while it was an “unexpected” change, he thought the Government would make a good first step.
“If it is a one-off, we should see the changes go through, so that we can see how that plays out,” Dr Brown said.
Dr Brown said that while Black and African American (BAA) doctors had a long history of being involved in NAC in Queensland, there was no precedent for it being applied to non-BAME doctors.
“They’ve been in NOC [National Emergency Hospital] and they’ve been very well known to be involved in that, so they’ve got some experience in it,” he said.
“The new system, we think, will see that with that, as well.”
The question is, will it be enough?
Can it be done?
We don’t know.
“He said there were concerns about the current structure of NAC and said it was important to ensure people with BME backgrounds had the right training and access to care.”
It’s very much a question of whether we can provide adequate training to people with disabilities in NACC, and to see that they have access to that,” Dr Smith said.”
I think that’s going to be a big question mark, and we need to be able to answer that.
“The changes were announced as part of the National Health and Medical Research Council’s Strategic Plan for the Future (SPF).
Dr Smith said the government was also considering making Black and Aboriginal Australians eligible for a higher rate of paid work than their white counterparts.”
We’re looking at doing that in the future,” he says.”
One of the challenges for us as we look at how we move forward is we want to get to people who are eligible to work for the first time, so it’s going back to that idea of getting to people in their communities and getting to those people in the first place.
“Dr Brown is the CEO of Black Doctors Queensland, which works to improve the health and well-being of Black and Indigenous people.
He said he had received support from the Queensland Government to work towards the goal of reducing Black and BAME unemployment.
He said the goal was to help Black and Black Australian (BBA) people “have a better quality of life”.
He wants to see more Black and indigenous doctors trained to work in NACA and that the Government should provide better financial support for their care.
The Government said the changes would be announced at a future date.