Educator Perspectives on Indigenous Cultural Content in an Occupational Therapy Curriculum

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Melchert, Belinda, 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. https://doi.org/10.1017/jie.2016.3
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Educator Perspectives on Indigenous Cultural Content in an Occupational Therapy Curriculum

ERA Journal ID11099
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsMelchert, Belinda (Author), Gray, Marion (Author) and Miller, Adrian (Author)
Journal TitleThe Australian Journal of Indigenous Education
Journal Citation45 (1), pp. 100-109
Number of Pages10
Year2016
PublisherUniversity of Queensland
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
ISSN1326-0111
2049-7784
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1017/jie.2016.3
Web Address (URL)https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/australian-journal-of-indigenous-education/article/educator-perspectives-on-indigenous-cultural-content-in-an-occupational-therapy-curriculum/B01C2665032AE74B4C2315CCFE47F54E
Abstract

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

KeywordsIndigenous, cultural competence, occupational therapy, Specialist Studies in Education, Sociology, Curriculum
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020420104. Occupational therapy
390203. Sociology of education
450525. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander sociology
450201. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander curriculum and pedagogy
Byline AffiliationsJames Cook University
University of the Sunshine Coast
Griffith University
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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