This 2024 PMCV Symposium focused on our theme ‘Journey Towards Cultural Safety in Prevocational Medical Training’. At this event, we discussed approaches to building and maintaining a culturally safe environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health professionals and patients in health services.

The event featured keynote speakers as well as a collaborative workshop which all focused on the importance of a culturally safe health system for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health professionals and patients, and how we can be embed in culturally safe practices into prevocational training programs.

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There were two incredible keynote speakers featured at this years Symposium – Dr Glenn Harrison and Jacqueline Gibson. You can watch each of their keynotes and learn more about them below.

Watch Glenn’s Keynote via the link below:

Watch Jacqueline’s Keynote via the link below:

Dr Glenn Harrison, a proud Wotjobaluk man from the Wimmera districts of Victoria,  is an esteemed Emergency Specialist and currently practices at both the Royal Melbourne  and Epworth hospitals. Glenn is fervently dedicated to the development of First Nations medical specialists and coordinates an Indigenous Internship program at the Royal Melbourne Hospital.

He is also deeply involved in education initiatives at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, contributing his expertise to provide team training and lead the ABC-ED (procedural skills in emergency medicine).

Dr Harrison holds several significant positions, including Board Director of the Australian Indigenous Doctors Association, Co-Chair of the ACEM Indigenous Health Committee, member of the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care’s Leave Events Panel, and member of the Australian Medical Association Federal Taskforce on Indigenous Health. He is also a member of the Indigenous Leadership Group at the Melbourne Academic Centre for Health (MACH) at the University of Melbourne, and he offers advisory expertise to both Deakin University School of Medicine and the University of Melbourne Faculty of Medicine.

Jacqueline Gibson serves as a Commissioner of the Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission, bringing her personal experience as a family member, carer and supporter of individuals living through mental illness or psychological distress. Her extensive background in governance, regulation, advocacy, community development and human rights has seen her serve on numerous national and state boards, particularly in the community and non-for-profit sectors. 

Jacqueline has been actively involved in mental health advocacy and consumer representation through her work with organisations such as Tandem, the Black Dog Institute, Independent Mental Health Advocacy, and the Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council. With a comprehensive understanding of systems, processes, and policy, Jacqueline is dedicated to achieving the best outcomes and providing quality service for individuals living with mental illness and their families.  

In addition, she is also deeply committed to reconciliation and addressing the unique challenges faced by First Nations people, including inadequate service, injustice, trauma, and discrimination. Jacqueline was the first Indigenous Mental Health Tribunal member in Victoria and part of changing the legislation to include cultural safety in the national health law. For her contributions to Indigenous health and promotion of community values in the specialist college she was awarded honorary Fellowship from the Australasian college of emergency medicine. 

Relevant Resources

You can read the new and amended AMC accreditation standards related to cultural safety below: