A Yarn about How Aboriginal Academics are changing the future

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In 2015, Flinders Rural health SA (RHSA) held a strategic planning day where it was overwhelmingly realised that there was a gap in our teaching and research team. Despite great intent and effort FRHSA needed to do more to recruit and retain Aboriginal students into health professions. Consequently, the decision was made to employ rurally based Aboriginal Academics and Researchers from local communities into the FRSA teaching and research team. In September 2016 this vision became a reality when three Aboriginal people have been employed to provide education, support and mentorship to other Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal students which is culturally safe and appropriate.

Bringing a plethora of skills, knowledge, experience and enthusiasm to their roles, all three staff members have a key role to play the future direction of FRHSA. New to the world of academia this journey has been a steep learning curve for the organisation and the new staff members.

This presentation will take you on a journey as you listen to the yarn that describes this experience.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2017
EventNational Rural Health Conference, 2017 - Cairns, Australia
Duration: 26 Mar 201729 Mar 2017


ConferenceNational Rural Health Conference, 2017


  • Rural health
  • Remote health
  • Health workforce
  • Indigenous health workers
  • Retention
  • Medical education


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