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Title: Developing the future Indigenous health workforce: The feasibility and impact of a student-led placement programme in remote Indigenous communities.
Authors: Warren, Johanna M
Irish, Georgina L
Purbrick, Brydie
Li, Joule J
Li, Xi
Fitzpatrick, Danielle J
Faull, Randall J
Affiliation: Royal Adelaide Hospital, Adelaide, SA, Australia.
Royal Adelaide Hospital, Adelaide, SA, Australia..
Royal Darwin Hospital, Tiwi, NT, Australia..
University of Adelaide, Adelaide, SA, Australia..
University of Adelaide, Adelaide, SA, Australia..
Royal Adelaide Hospital, Adelaide, SA, Australia..
University of Adelaide, Adelaide, SA, Australia..
Issue Date: Oct-2016
Citation: The Australian journal of rural health 2016-10; 24(5): 306-311
Abstract: To describe and evaluate a programme where medical students designed and implemented Indigenous health placements for students with an interest in rural/Indigenous health. In 2011, a student-led programme at the University of Adelaide was set up to give medical students the opportunity to undertake outreach trips and clinical placements in remote Indigenous communities. Twenty-four medical students attended trips to remote communities between 2012 and 2014. Here we evaluate our programme using a single-arm experimental design. Responses to questionnaire items before and after attending an outreach placement, scored on 6-point Likert scales. Following their remote Indigenous health placement, participants expressed a significantly higher mean likelihood of working in an Indigenous community in the future (3.17 (2.69-3.64) versus 4.00 (3.65-4.35); P < 0.007). Furthermore, after their placement participants felt better prepared to work in Indigenous communities (mean 1.79 (1.44-2.14) versus 3.21 (2.88-3.54); P < 0.001). A placement programme initiated and run by medical students can provide meaningful exposure to Indigenous health. Implementation of this student-led model in other medical schools may encourage nationwide development of the Indigenous health workforce.
DOI: 10.1111/ajr.12281
Type: Journal Article
Subjects: Indigenous community placements
curriculum development
medical education
student advocacy
Feasibility Studies
Program Development
Schools, Medical
South Australia
Surveys and Questionnaires
Health Manpower
Population Groups
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