A Brief Experience for Medical Students in a Remote Aboriginal Community

Jill Benson, Courtney Ryder, Madeleine Gill, Anna Balabanske

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    Abstract

    BACKGROUND: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, particularly those in remote communities, have lower access to health services when compared with the rest of the Australian population. This research examined the expectations and outcomes of medical students who went on a 2-day trip to a remote Aboriginal community.

    METHODS: Activities were organised by community members, ground staff and fly-in fly-out health professionals. Students wrote about their expectations and post-trip reflections on personal, medical and cultural themes.

    RESULTS: Twenty-three students participated in this study. Themes included complex, different and increased illnesses; how culture affects day-to-day life and health; personal growth; administrative, health delivery and advocacy skills; learning cultural awareness first-hand; and future career options.

    DISCUSSION: The 2-day trip gave students a profound learning experience. To build a culturally appropriate and dedicated workforce for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, medical schools should consider incorporating short trips to remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities into their curriculum.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)752-759
    Number of pages8
    JournalAustralian Family Physician
    Volume44
    Issue number10
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2015

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