Embedding Indigenous perspective in health curriculum

Nash, Robyn E., Sacre, Sandra M., & Meiklejohn, Beryl M. (2008) Embedding Indigenous perspective in health curriculum. The Network: Towards Unity for Health Newsletter, 27(1), p. 21.

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With the health of Australia's Indigenous peoples amongst the worst in developed nations, and the health disadvantage of Indigenous Australians so devastatingly apparent, the importance of appropriate training for health professionals has never been more salient. The Yapunyah Project was an initiative of the Faculty of Health at the Queensland University of Technology, instigated as a result of ethical, clinical, accreditation, and regulatory imperatives to develop cultural competence in health graduates with respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives. The project was guided by earlier reforms in health curricula by the Committee of Deans of Australian Medical Schools and the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, and by the cultural competence in healthcare delivery models of Campinha-Bacote (1998) and Cross, Bazron, Dennis & Isaacs (1989). It was also informed by the cultural safety reforms to health curricula in New Zealand. The Yapunyah Project involved extensive consultation and collaboration with Indigenous staff and health experts in the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community, and it carefully constructed a core curriculum and associated graduate capabilities. The overall project involved incorporation of Indigenous perspectives across four major undergraduate courses in the Faculty of Health (Nursing, Psychology and Counselling, Public Health, and Human Movements) and one biomedical unit offered by the Faculty of Science. The experience has been a challenging and positive one, and the reforms have been supported by a sustainable framework.

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ID Code: 14413
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: The contents of this publication can be freely accessed online via the publisher's web page (see hypertext link).
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Keywords: Indigenous health, Aboriginal health, cultural competence, cultural safety, health curriculum
ISSN: 1571-9308
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NURSING (111000) > Nursing not elsewhere classified (111099)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health (111701)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 (The authors)
Deposited On: 19 Aug 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 20 Nov 2014 22:30

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