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Creating cultural empathy and challenging attitudes through Indigenous narratives

This Australian Learning and Teaching Council-funded project, which started in May 2010, is designed to positively influence the health and well-being of Indigenous people by improving the education of health professionals and engaging students in the authentic stories of Indigenous people's experience of healthcare.

As part of the project, researchers are:

  • Collecting 50 stories from Indigenous people of their experiences with health services
  • Creating a national network of educators interested in developing resources
  • Mapping learning to health curricula
  • Creating learning materials by national network members
  • Piloting learning activities with health students across universities.

The project works by ensuring integrity of goals, purpose and process through respectful engagement with Indigenous people, story-provider empowerment and safety, and Indigenous governance of the research process.

The collaboration has led to development of insightful and high-quality learning materials. The goal is to change the underlying attitudes of many health professionals that are known to negatively impact on their treatment of Indigenous people.

Key ECU Staff

Professor Cobie Rudd, Associate Professor Moira Sim, Professor Colleen Hayward, Toni Wain.

Engagement Partners

The Combined Universities Centre for Rural Health, University of Notre Dame, University of Western Australia, Curtin University, Health Consumers' Council of Western Australia. Additional collaborators include Murdoch University, Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia, Geraldton Regional Aboriginal Medical Services, other Aboriginal medical services within Western Australia, Menzies School of Health Research, Centrecare, educators from other Australian universities.

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