Educator Perspectives on Indigenous Cultural Content in an Occupational Therapy Curriculum

Melchert, Belinda and Gray, Marion and Miller, Adrian (2016) Educator Perspectives on Indigenous Cultural Content in an Occupational Therapy Curriculum. The Australian Journal of Indigenous Education, 45 (1). pp. 100-109. ISSN 1326-0111


Health professionals must understand Indigenous perspectives to deliver effective health services. This study set out to determine the amount, type and effectiveness of current Indigenous content in an occupational therapy curriculum at an Australian regional university and the progress in meeting the National Aboriginal Health Strategy (NAHS) minimum standards for Indigenous content for Australian Universities. Twenty-one academic staff teaching at an Australian University were surveyed with five follow-up interviews. Findings suggest that while educators saw the importance of Indigenous cultural content, they lacked confidence in delivering this content. The need for a strategic and planned approach to embedding Indigenous content throughout the curriculum was identified. Future research evaluating the effectiveness of cultural competency initiatives is suggested

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: No Faculty
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: No Faculty
Date Deposited: 19 Jan 2022 03:38
Last Modified: 21 Jan 2022 00:27
Uncontrolled Keywords: Indigenous, cultural competence, occupational therapy, Specialist Studies in Education, Sociology, Curriculum
Fields of Research (2008): 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1103 Clinical Sciences > 110321 Rehabilitation and Therapy (excl. Physiotherapy)
16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160809 Sociology of Education
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130202 Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130301 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education
Fields of Research (2020): 42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4201 Allied health and rehabilitation science > 420104 Occupational therapy
39 EDUCATION > 3902 Education policy, sociology and philosophy > 390203 Sociology of education
45 INDIGENOUS STUDIES > 4505 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, society and community > 450525 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander sociology
45 INDIGENOUS STUDIES > 4502 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education > 450201 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander curriculum and pedagogy
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