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Posted 24th June 2017
The Australian Museum
FREE: 24th-25th June
Details are on Extras for All page
2 points + 1 for a card
Posted 13th June 2017
York Theatre, Seymour Centre (see map above)
Please follow this link to book a place: 28JunZach
It's a private event - not listed on the Seymour Centre website.
Posted 24th June 2017
Short vid - explaining changes!
Posted 19th June 2017
Changes to this site ... take a moment to explore - especially the Extras For All!!
Posted 18th June 2017
NAIDOC: our languages matter
Monday 26th June 2017
midday to 2pm - for details check our Extras for All page, or follow this link to register.
Posted 9th June 2017
AMSA Convention - presentations by Stan Grant and Colleen Lavelle
4th July 2017
@ ICC, Sydney
1.20pm to 3.45pm - for details check our Extras for All page.
3 points + 1 for a card
Posted 12th June 2017
The post you seek gone? Just relocated to the Update Archive.
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”. 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.
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 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
Much of this website is password protected - but you are most welcome to contact us and request the password.
Sydney Medical Program students already have the password.