Teaching the Holocaust in nursing and medical education in Australia

Shields, Linda, Hartin, Peter, Shields, Kirril, and Benedict, Susan (2015) Teaching the Holocaust in nursing and medical education in Australia. Working Papers in the Health Sciences, 1 (12). pp. 1-4.

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Background: the Holocaust was a turning point in history, and is a seminal event in human rights. Doctors, nurses and midwives were complicit in the killings of the Holocaust, and the development of the Nuremberg Code for Research Ethics was a direct result of the actions of health professionals.

Objective: to ascertain whether or not the Holocaust is taught in nursing/midwifery and medical school subjects in universities in Australia

Design: cross-sectional email survey

Participants: Course directors of Bachelor courses in all Australian nursing/midwifery (N=31) and medical schools (N=18), with responses from nursing/midwifery (n=19), medicine (n=4), response rate 43%.

Methods: email survey asking if and how the Holocaust was taught in their courses.

Results: two nursing/midwifery and one medical school taught the Holocaust directly, in one lecture. Six nursing/ midwifery and two medical schools taught it in relation to research ethics.

Conclusions: the Holocaust receives little attention in nursing, midwifery or medical curricula in Australia, despite its importance to human rights.

Item ID: 42343
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2051-6266
Keywords: Holocaust, nursing education
Date Deposited: 05 Feb 2016 06:27
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130209 Medicine, Nursing and Health Curriculum and Pedagogy @ 100%
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