May 26th - lunchtime
The Faculty of Vet Sci will be holding the last of its Indigenous Seminars. Check the seminar calendar for details - and don't forget to take a card with you!
Posted 25th May 2017
Join us for this special screening: 28th June 2017
This is a free event and the venue is large, but you do need to book a place: http://www.iheu17.org/28junzach.html
Posted 24th May 2017
Nepean Stage 3 students
You are invited to enrol in the "Respecting the Difference" program. There are two dates (June and August).
Please check your clinical school's tab: Nepean Clinical School
Posted 28th April 2017
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Indigenous health education in the Sydney Medical Program 2017
The Sydney Medical Program provides training for medical students, ie those who wish to be doctors. The requirements of the Australian Medical Council - which has a document providing standards and guidelines - must be adhered to by all medical schools in Australia. Some of the standards specifically refer to Indigenous (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, and Maori) health, and the graduate attributes we need to aim for: cultural competence, and an understanding of the factors that contribute to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health.
In specifically mentioning Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders - the Australian Medical Council acknowledges the greater disease burden of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and in adhering to these principles, the Sydney Medical School recognises its responsibilities - to our students, to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians and to the broader Australian community.
A commonly used term is “cultural competence”. However the principle of “competence” is complicated; and the notion of culture is difficult to define. Cultural competence, cultural training, cultural awareness, cultural sensitivity, cultural intelligence, cultural humility, cultural proficiency, cultural safety, cultural respect; all of these terms are used in the literature. The body of work includes increasingly nuanced and complex discussions about culture, its meaning and its place in vocational education.
The Australian Medical Association says that patient care is complex – doctors need to master individual competencies, but they must learn how, when and why to use them, and in which combination. (https://ama.com.au/position-statement/competency-based-training-medical-education-2010)
In the Sydney Medical Program Indigenous health education is broadly divided into
i) Indigenous health knowledge: delivered through the University of Sydney learning management system, Blackboard. Single best answer (SBA) questions for barrier exams are based on these readings.
ii) Understanding Indigenous Health: In this program, the word “culture” is interpreted in the broadest possible sense: whether it is the culture of an Aboriginal Medical Service, or the cultural training delivered during a workshop or seminar, or the cultural understanding gained by talking with Aboriginal patients and their families, or by learning about Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander history or art. We will use any and every opportunity to deepen engagement with the complexities of Indigenous health. Opportunities for placements, online modules, seminars, and reflective writing are provided, and students may choose what to attend, or submit, or participate in.
Each activity is worth points related to effort, level of engagement, and duration. Information about activities are on this website.
Assessment of Understanding Indigenous Health Program
All students are required to attain 20 points every year of enrolment (including repeaters and returners) in the Sydney Medical Program. This follows the approach to the Continuing Professional Development programs of the specialist colleges.
Points must be accrued by the end of the year, or the student will not be permitted to sit the Barrier Assessments at the end of the year.
Indigenous Health Education Unit
Sydney Medical School
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