The benefits of a tailor-made pilot primary health-care course for Indigenous high school students in remote Queensland

Pham, Xiuzhi, Page, Priscilla, Sivamalai, Sundram, and Woolley, Torres (2012) The benefits of a tailor-made pilot primary health-care course for Indigenous high school students in remote Queensland. Australian Journal of Rural Health, 20 (3). pp. 113-118.

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Objective:  This study highlights the benefits of a tailor-made course for an Indigenous high school in a remote North Queensland community.

Design:  Qualitative research study using a Grounded Theory approach to allow thematic analysis of participant's responses to a researcher-administered, pre-defined, semistructured questionnaire.

Setting:  Remote community college in Abergowrie, North Queensland.

Participants:  Four male high school students and eight key stakeholders were interviewed over the telephone (n = 12).

Results:  Thematic analyses of the feedback from students and stakeholders showed a variety of benefits from the course for Indigenous students: increased knowledge of health issues, greater awareness and interest in health career pathways, increased pride, self-esteem and self-confidence, positive role-modelling and leadership behaviour in the students, and hope for future career development. Weaknesses identified were mainly associated with a lack of resources and support for the course.

Conclusions:  This study demonstrates that a tailor-made primary health-care education course can create opportunities for Indigenous people to pursue health careers, promote health knowledge and leadership skills, inspire pride and self-esteem, and strengthen links within the community.

Item ID: 21987
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1440-1584
Keywords: health-care course; Indigenous education; primary health-care education
Date Deposited: 15 Jun 2012 03:54
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130301 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education @ 50%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111717 Primary Health Care @ 50%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939901 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education @ 50%
92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920205 Health Education and Promotion @ 50%
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