Managing medical treatments and health issues in rural and remote areas can be difficult, and that includes dealing with skin conditions. The Australasian College of Dermatologists (ACD) has recently launched a free online education resource developed by dermatologists in conjunction with Aboriginal Health Care Workers, in the hope to help deal with and treat a range of skin health issues in the Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islanders communities.
There is currently a lot of responsibility placed on the Aboriginal Health Care Workers to serve the needs of patients with skin issues in more remote and rural areas of Australia, and these resources, funded by the Government, are hoped to help them improve the health of their patients. The course contains nine modules with topics:
- Skin basics
- Fungal and bacterial infections
- Animal and insect bites
- Skin cancers
- Skin examination
- When to refer to a General Practitioner
- How to educate clients about skincare.
This initiative follows the ACD’s Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), released last year outlining steps that the ACD will take to help improve skin health for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island patients.
To read the full ACD Press release and for further information on this topic go here.