Educator perspectives on Indigenous cultural content in an occupational therapy curriculum

Melchert, Belinda, Gray, Marion, and Miller, Adrian (2016) Educator perspectives on Indigenous cultural content in an occupational therapy curriculum. The Australian Journal of Indigenous Education, 45 (1). pp. 100-109.

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Abstract

Health professionals must understand Indigenous perspectives to deliver effective health services. This study set out to determine the amount, type and effectiveness of current Indigenous content in an occupational therapy curriculum at an Australian regional university and the progress in meeting the National Aboriginal Health Strategy (NAHS) minimum standards for Indigenous content for Australian Universities. Twenty-one academic staff teaching at an Australian University were surveyed with five follow-up interviews. Findings suggest that while educators saw the importance of Indigenous cultural content, they lacked confidence in delivering this content. The need for a strategic and planned approach to embedding Indigenous content throughout the curriculum was identified. Future research evaluating the effectiveness of cultural competency initiatives is suggested.

Item ID: 46097
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1326-0111
Keywords: Indigenous, cultural competence, curriculum, occupational therapy
Date Deposited: 12 Oct 2016 07:45
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111705 Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety @ 50%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111701 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health @ 50%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920504 Occupational Health @ 35%
92 HEALTH > 9203 Indigenous Health > 920399 Indigenous Health not elsewhere classified @ 35%
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9303 Curriculum > 930302 Syllabus and Curriculum Development @ 30%
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