Our current MDHS students will become members of the future health workforce. Teaching and learning about Indigenous health and related issues is driven by a desire to ensure that students from our Faculty graduate as skilled professionals, who are prepared and able to reflect upon their contribution to improving the state of Aboriginal people's health, both individually and at a population level.
The Faculty has implemented teaching, learning and workforce development initiatives within the Faculty and University, and also in the local, national and international spheres. These not only provide our students with high-quality learning opportunities, but also influence national workforce development initiatives in medicine and public health.
Raising the standards: Meeting level 9 Australian Qualification Standards (AQF) criteria in Indigenous Health Curricula
In 2012, a group of academics from the School of Health Sciences -Shawana Andrews; Nursing -Dr Pat Nicholson; Social Work –A/Prof Lou Harms; Physiotherapy- A/Prof's Clare Delany and Louisa Remedios, and from Medicine-Shaun Ewen were successful in obtaining a University of Melbourne Teaching and Learning Grant.
The project aimed to support curriculum development and delivery within Health Sciences by identifying innovative learning and teaching methodologies within a curriculum framework built around Level 9 coursework and (extended) Masters degrees. The specific objectives were to:
- Examine how the AQF level 9 Masters graduate coursework and extended Masters curricula can be identified and delivered in the area of Indigenous Health
- Establish an evidence base for Indigenous Health Curricula
- Consult with and examine the practices of highly effective indigenous health educators nationally
This project work is almost completed and the results will be published shortly.
Aboriginal development is really about creating a space that enables and legitimises our culture; that doesn't expect us to conform to different ways of thinking about bodies of knowledge; and that allows us to pursue the areas that are important for our community at an academic level. Shawana Andrews, Lecturer in Aboriginal Health