Embedding Authentic First Nations Content within Biomedical Science Curriculum

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Myer, Sarah, Fossey, Uncle Wayne, Ward, Raelene and Whiteside, Eliza J.. 2022. "Embedding Authentic First Nations Content within Biomedical Science Curriculum." Australian Conference on Science and Mathematics Education (2022). Perth, Australia Sydney, Australia.
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Embedding Authentic First Nations Content within Biomedical Science Curriculum

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AuthorsMyer, Sarah (Author), Fossey, Uncle Wayne (Author), Ward, Raelene (Author) and Whiteside, Eliza J. (Author)
Journal or Proceedings TitleProceedings of the Australian Conference on Science and Mathematics Education (2022)
ERA Conference ID50288
Number of Pages1
Year2022
Place of PublicationSydney, Australia
Web Address (URL) of Paperhttps://openjournals.library.sydney.edu.au/IISME/article/view/16247
Conference/EventAustralian Conference on Science and Mathematics Education (2022)
Australian Conference on Science and Mathematics Education
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Australian Conference on Science and Mathematics Education (2022)
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Perth, Australia
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Australian Conference on Science and Mathematics Education
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Abstract

The importance of incorporating First Nations content into curriculum has been widely recognised with significant progress in developing curricula and graduate attributes in several disciplines (Australian Government Department of Health, 2021; Page, et al., 2019), however substantial work remains, particularly in the sciences.

A recent review of our Biochemistry of Nutrition curriculum identified an opportunity to incorporate authentic First Nations food and health content. Through collaboration with the University of Southern Queensland’s Elder in Residence, a new module was developed. The module, built around a traditional yarning circle experience, shared First Nations knowledge of culture, nutrition, and medicine. This was supported by lectorials and other content, including the importance of Indigenous research governance.

As we also recognised the need to introduce First Nations content vertically across the curriculum, we further collaborated with a First Nations health expert to integrate and deliver topics such as historical policies, health perspectives, and cultural safety into our first-year foundational Biomedical Science course.

Student feedback on these enhancements has been positive and the yarning circle approach to learning attracted substantial media attention.

By forming collaborations with local First Nations leaders, we have developed authentic First Nations content that has strengthened student knowledge and graduate preparation for work in the health and research fields.

KeywordsFirst Nations knowledge, bush medicine, bush food, Indigenous science
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020450213. Embedding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledges, histories, culture, country, perspectives and ethics in education
450602. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander biological sciences
320599. Medical biochemistry and metabolomics not elsewhere classified
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Byline AffiliationsSchool of Health and Medical Sciences
University of Southern Queensland
School of Nursing and Midwifery
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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