What are the experiences of Indigenous health workers enrolled in the Bachelor of Nursing at the University of Southern Queensland

Stuart, Lynne (2010) What are the experiences of Indigenous health workers enrolled in the Bachelor of Nursing at the University of Southern Queensland. [Thesis (PhD/Research)] (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Introduction: Indigenous health workers (IHWs) are the largest health workforce addressing the poor health outcomes for Indigenous Australians today. This Indigenous health workforce, although highly skilled in delivering primary health care to its clients, is rarely called upon to participate in developing policies and strategies that can influence outcomes in Indigenous health. This is unfortunate because the progress made in Indigenous health often comes from Indigenous people themselves. This approach has often been referred to in the literature as 'bottom up' rather than 'top down' (ANTaR, 2007). This bottom up approach is effective because the right information is collected from the bottom, which can be referred to as the community. If there is no one at the top that has the same ideas and information, the bottom up information can become distorted if there are a limited number of qualified Indigenous health professionals to follow through at the top. To address this situation it is necessary to establish an Indigenous health workforce with recognized professional qualifications in health. Currently there are cohorts of Indigenous health workers from the South West Queensland region who have embarked on the journey to make the transition from Indigenous Health Workers to Registered Nurses. The motivation for most of these students is to gain professional health qualifications in order to be a voice in Indigenous health matters. Their involvement in the decision making processes for Indigenous health services that impact on their own people will assist greatly in 'Closing the Gap' (Close the Gap is a government initiative to close the 20 years life expectancy gap that currently exists between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians) and putting an end to the current Indigenous health crisis. Research Question: What are the experiences of Indigenous Health Workers enrolled in the Bachelor of Nursing at the University of Southern Queensland? : How can these experiences be improved? Aims of the study: To reveal, explore and thus develop an understanding of the experiences of IHW's in their journey through the Bachelor of Nursing at the University of Southern Queensland. To develop insight into how they approach barriers to their study progress. To shed light on an undervalued workforce resource in Indigenous health and encourage the development of an effective study pathway for these workers to gain professional health qualifications. Study Setting: The study setting was situated in the Nursing Department on the USQ Toowoomba campus.


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Item Type: Thesis (PhD/Research)
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Master of Nursing (Hons) thesis.
Depositing User: Mrs Lynne Stuart
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Nursing
Date Deposited: 14 Sep 2011 00:11
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2013 00:46
Uncontrolled Keywords: Indigenous health workers; Bachelor of Nursing; University of Southern Queensland
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111701 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130301 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/19632

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