Pushing cultural competence boundaries in nutrition and dietetics training
Hannan-Jones, Mary T., Aliakbari, Judith, Keogh, Carolyn, Passfield, Juanine, & Smyth, Michaela (2013) Pushing cultural competence boundaries in nutrition and dietetics training. In Dietitians Association of Australia 30th National Conference, 23-25 May 2013, National Convention Centre, Canberra, Australia.
A health workforce ready for safe practice is a government priority, and particularly critical to support indigenous communities closing ‘the gap’. Increased pressure exists on dietetic training programs for quality placements, with fewer opportunities for immersion in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to demonstrate cultural competence.
In 2012, Queensland University of Technology established a partnership with Apunipima Cape York Health Council with 56 weeks of dietetic placement for 8 students provided to achieve these aims. Clinical practice in Community Public Health Nutrition (CPHN) was structured in a standard 6 week placement, with Individual Case Management (ICM) and Foodservice Management (FSM) integrated across 8 weeks (4 each), with an additional 2 weeks ICM prior in a metropolitan indigenous health service. Students transitioned from urban to rural then remote sites, with new web-based technologies used for support.
Strong learning opportunities were provided, with CPHN projects in antenatal and child health, FSM on standardisation of procedures in a 22 bed health facility, and ICM exposing students to a variety of cases via hospital in/outpatients, general clinics and remote community outreach. Supervisor focus group evaluation was positive, with CPHN and FSM enhancing capacity of service. Student focus group evaluation revealed placements exceeded expectations, with rating high, and strong confidence in cultural competence described. Students debriefed final and third year cohorts on their experiences, with increased awareness and enthusiasm for work with indigenous communities indicated by groups.
With the success of this partnership, placements are continuing 2013, and new boundaries in dietetic training established.
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|Item Type:||Conference Item (Presentation)|
|Additional Information:||Nutrition & Dietetics, Special Issue: Abstracts of the Dietitians Association of Australia 30th National Conference, 23–25 May 2013, National Convention Centre, Canberra, Australia|
|Keywords:||Dietetics, Nutrition, Education, Competency, Cultural|
|Subjects:||Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NUTRITION AND DIETETICS (111100)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NUTRITION AND DIETETICS (111100) > Nutrition and Dietetics not elsewhere classified (111199)
|Divisions:||Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Schools > School of Exercise & Nutrition Sciences
|Copyright Owner:||Copyright 2013 Dietitians Association of Australia|
|Deposited On:||28 Apr 2014 05:15|
|Last Modified:||28 Apr 2014 05:15|
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