The benefits of a tailor-made pilot primary health-care course for Indigenous high school students in remote Queensland

The benefits of a tailor-made pilot primary health-care course for Indigenous high school students in remote Queensland Journal Article

Australian Journal of Rural Health

  • Author(s): Pham, Xiuzhi, Page, Priscilla, Sivamalai, Sundram, Woolley, Torres
  • Published: 2012
  • Volume: 20

Abstract: Objective: This study highlights the benefits of a tailor-made course for an Indigenous high school in a remote North Queensland community. Design: Qualitative research study using a Grounded Theory approach to allow thematic analysis of participant's responses to a researcher-administered, pre-defined, semistructured questionnaire. Setting: Remote community college in Abergowrie, North Queensland. Participants: Four male high school students and eight key stakeholders were interviewed over the telephone (n=12). Results: Thematic analyses of the feedback from students and stakeholders showed a variety of benefits from the course for Indigenous students: increased knowledge of health issues, greater awareness and interest in health career pathways, increased pride, self-esteem and self-confidence, positive role-modelling and leadership behaviour in the students, and hope for future career development. Weaknesses identified were mainly associated with a lack of resources and support for the course. Conclusions: This study demonstrates that a tailor-made primary health-care education course can create opportunities for Indigenous people to pursue health careers, promote health knowledge and leadership skills, inspire pride and self-esteem, and strengthen links within the community.

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Pham, Xiuzhi, Page, Priscilla, Sivamalai, Sundram, Woolley, Torres, 2012, The benefits of a tailor-made pilot primary health-care course for Indigenous high school students in remote Queensland, Volume:20, Journal Article, viewed 17 August 2022, https://www.nintione.com.au/?p=13305.

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