Cultural awareness among Queensland undergraduate occupational therapy students

Rasmussen, Tanya M., Lloyd, Chris, and Wielandt, Trish (2005) Cultural awareness among Queensland undergraduate occupational therapy students. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 52 (4). pp. 1-9.

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Abstract

Aim: Australia's cultural diversity generates substantial challenges and implications for students and health-care professionals. This study investigated the cultural perceptions and self-rated level of cultural competence of undergraduate occupational therapy students in Queensland, Australia.

Results: Two hundred and ninety-three students completed the Cultural Awareness Questionnaire. The findings indicated that the majority of students have a positive attitude towards cultural differences and influences on occupational therapy services. Students also recognised the importance of cultural awareness and highlighted the need for increased incorporation of cultural information and experience throughout the undergraduate course.

Conclusion: The implications of this study are discussed with reference to the future academic planning of culturally sensitive occupational therapy course and fieldwork experiences.

Item ID: 13980
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1440-1630
Keywords: cultural awareness; cultural competence; occupational therapy students
Date Deposited: 27 Nov 2010 03:04
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9299 Other Health > 929999 Health not elsewhere classified @ 75%
92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920201 Allied Health Therapies (excl. Mental Health Services) @ 25%
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