A successful engagement between a medical school and a remote North Queensland Indigenous community: process and impact

Ross, Simone, Whaleboat, Donald, Duffy, Glenda, Woolley, Torres, Sivamalai, Sundram, and Solomon, Shaun (2013) A successful engagement between a medical school and a remote North Queensland Indigenous community: process and impact. In: Edmonds, Cathy, (ed.) LIME Good Practice Case Studies. Leaders in Indigenous Medical Education (LIME) Network, Melbourne, VIC, pp. 39-45.

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[Extract] The James Cook University School of Medicine and Dentistry is the only medical school in North Queensland. The School was established in 2000 with the mission to work with rural, remote, Indigenous (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) and tropical populations. A significant proportion of the undergraduate learning at the School takes place in community settings, including fourteen weeks of rural placement across Years Two, Four and Six, and a one-week placement in an Aboriginaland Torres Strait Islander Community Control Health Service in Year Four.

In 2010 the School of Medicine and Dentistry expanded its community engagement by developing a systematic process for conducting face-to-face consultations with local Indigenous health workers in remote communities.

This study describes the process of how the School collaboratively established an Indigenous Reference Group with a cross-section of Indigenous (predominantly Aboriginal) health leaders, Elders and non-professional but highly valued community representatives in the remote North Queensland town of Mount Isa.

The university's research team included Ms Glenda Duffy, Ms Simone Ross, Dr Torres Woolley and Associate Professor Sundram Sivamalai, along with Indigenous academics Mr Donald Whaleboat and Ms Priscilla Page, who assisted with data analysis and advice on the cultural integrity of the project. Resource support in the form of a meeting room and administration for the project was provided by the Mount Isa Centre for Rural and Remote Health (MICRRH).

The Mount Isa Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Reference Group included Mr Ron Page, Ms Leanne Parker, Ms Nancy George, Mrs Renee Blackman, Miss Stephanie King, Mrs Caterina Walden, Mr Darren Walden, Mr Graham Page, Mrs Frances Page, Mrs Dolly Hankin, Ms Fiona Hill, Ms Kerry Major, Mr Shaun Solomon, Ms Elizabeth Dempsey and Mrs Mona Phillips.

Item ID: 28969
Item Type: Book Chapter (Other)
ISBN: 978-0-7340-4847-9
Date Deposited: 26 Aug 2013 02:32
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111701 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920204 Evaluation of Health Outcomes @ 100%
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