The manager

Cindy Shannon, Adrian Carson and Rachel C Atkinson
Med J Aust 2006; 184 (10): 530-531.

As Indigenous CEOs, we train non-Indigenous doctors in cultural safety, and rely on them to integrate Aboriginal health workers into the multidisciplinary team

Aboriginal community controlled health services (ACCHSs) are generally managed through an elected board of directors and an appointed chief executive officer (or equivalent).

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  • Cindy Shannon1
  • Adrian Carson1
  • Rachel C Atkinson2,1

  • Townsville Aboriginal and Islanders Health Services, Townsville, QLD.


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