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'Nuts and Bolts' of developing a remote indigenous placement for medical students. Matthew also links with colleagues at Flinders University, who are currently developing an Indigenous Medical Curriculum framework. Students at NTCS now have access to many different experiences to assist them in learning about Indigenous health. In addition to orientation and weekly sessions, students have the opportunity to attend GP and RMO trips to remote communities such as Maningrida, Tiwi Islands and Daly River. Darwin CBME students spend two weeks on placement with Laynhapuy Health in Arnhem Land. CBME students in Darwin also attend sessions with Larrakia Nations At Larrakia Nations students have been assigned to participate in both the HEAL and LITS programs. The HEAL (Healthy Engagement and Assistance in the Long grass) program is a service to improve the health and wellbeing outcomes for long grass people. Larrakia Intervention and Transport Service (LITS) is a mobile service to clients either living in the long grass sites and camps as well as in crisis accommodation. It also offers a Return to Country program. Students in the NTRCS campuses of Alice Springs, Katherine and Nhulunbuy all receive site specific cultural training. Ms Colleen Hayes has recently been employed by NTRCS in Alice Springs as a Aboriginal Cultural Advisor and she will structure student learning sessions and experiences. Alice Springs students also attend sessions at Central Australia Aboriginal Congress and Congress Alukura. In Katherine students undertake cultural awareness training at the hospital and can utilise the Katherine Language Centre. Students are placed at Wurli Wurlinjang Aboriginal Health Service and have started to join Doctors on community clinic visits to Barunga. Collectively the school is working to increase the cultural competency of its students. NTCS and NTRCS have made massive improvements in the quality and amount of Indigenous cultural awareness training and experiences our students are offered. In 2006 the team from Sharing the True Stories began discussion groups with students to find out their current knowledge of Indigenous issues and cross cultural communication. These discussions led to the development of informed consent name badges which outline basic questions to ask patients and translations in a few Indigenous languages. They also uncovered the need for NTCS to offer more extensive cultural awareness training for students and staff and offered recommendations on how to do this. Matthew Turner was employed by NTCS/ACAP in 2007 as a Cultural Consultant. Since 2008 he has offered a set of teaching sessions to our third year students. Matthew assists with the development of our teaching curriculum and last year presented two papers at the Ontario ICEMEN Conference with Richard Sager entitled Students experiential learning, appropriate for a remote indigenous placement? and The As part of our ongoing commitment to supporting our academic clinicians in their research endeavours, the NTCS has reserved several reduced-cost places at the upcoming "Research Methods Course" presented by the Menzies School of Health Research. This course will provide valuable skills, from developing a research question through to translating results into practice. The course will run from March 17th - 19th 2009. Five NTCS research staff have been offered to attend the course with full NTCS funded sponsorship. Other NTCS academic staff can access a reduced rate of $400 for the two day course. Please contact Anna Smedts on email@example.com for information on attending this course. Research Methods Course: Menzies School of Health Research NTCS And NTRCS Move Forward To Achieve Culturally Competent Medical Graduates NTCS Newsletter Page 6
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