Evaluation of the pilot phase of an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander male health module

Tsey, Komla, Chigeza, Philemon, Holden, Carol A., Bulman, Jack, Gruis, Hilton, and Wenitong, Mark (2014) Evaluation of the pilot phase of an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander male health module. Australian Journal of Primary Health, 20 ( 1). 56-61.

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Abstract

This article evaluates the pilot phase of an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Male Health Module. Although men experience higher levels of illness and die younger than women, educational programs to support health workers utilise a gender-based approach to increase participation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander males in health care are rare and lack appropriate content. Recognising this gap in service provision, and under the guidance of a Reference Group comprising community leaders in Aboriginal and Torres Strait male health, a comprehensive and culturally appropriate Male Health Module has been developed to enhance the capacity of health workers to improve access to services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander males. Methods used were: in-depth interviews with Module developers, pilot workshops for trainers and health workers, questionnaires and focus group discussions with workshop participants, and participant observations. As well as enhancing capacity to facilitate access to health services for men, the Module was deemed relevant because of its potential to promote health worker empowerment and wellbeing. Findings revealed that improving access to services for men required male and female health workers working in partnership. Despite overall enthusiasm for the Module, the findings also revealed deep fear that it would end up ‘collecting dust on shelves’. Strategies to improve the Module quality and accessibility are highlighted.

Item ID: 21870
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander; male; health; module; evaluate; men; empowerment; wellbeing
ISSN: 1836-7399
Date Deposited: 22 Oct 2012 00:01
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130399 Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9203 Indigenous Health > 920301 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health - Determinants of Health @ 100%
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