Exploring the learning environment afforded by an Aboriginal Community Controlled Health service in a rural longitudinal integrated clerkship

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Purea, Paul, Brumpton, Kay, Kumar, Koshila and Pinidiyapathirage, Janani. 2022. "Exploring the learning environment afforded by an Aboriginal Community Controlled Health service in a rural longitudinal integrated clerkship." Education for Primary Care. 33 (4), pp. 214-220. https://doi.org/10.1080/14739879.2022.2054371
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Exploring the learning environment afforded by an Aboriginal Community Controlled Health service in a rural longitudinal integrated clerkship

ERA Journal ID13499
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsPurea, Paul, Brumpton, Kay, Kumar, Koshila and Pinidiyapathirage, Janani
Journal TitleEducation for Primary Care
Journal Citation33 (4), pp. 214-220
Number of Pages7
Year04 Jul 2022
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
ISSN1367-8523
1473-9879
1475-990X
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/14739879.2022.2054371
Web Address (URL)https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14739879.2022.2054371
Abstract

Objectives: Despite the extensive literature regarding longitudinal integrated clerkships (LICs), there is very little evidence about this model in non-traditional settings, such as Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations (ACCHOs). This study explored the key elements of the learning experience in a rural LIC programme, within an ACCHO from the perspective of multiple stakeholders including medical students, the general practice supervisory team, Aboriginal health workers (AHWs) and cultural mentors.

Methods: The study was conducted using a qualitative case-study design. Participants included Year 3 medical students and the health care team (general practitioners, practice nurse, AHWs, and a practice manager in the role of cultural mentor) from an ACCHO in regional Queensland. Data was collected through semi-structured interviews and analysed using inductive thematic analysis.

Results: Three key features were identified within the learning experience of students undertaking an LIC in the ACCHO setting. This study showed it was a safe context for learners to learn about ‘culturally safe practice’, ‘putting relationships at the centre’, and to ‘try new things’, reinforcing ACCHO as an invaluable site for learning.

Conclusion: The extended clinical placement in an ACCHO setting afforded an increase in the number of opportunities to develop students’ cultural safety, communication skills and relationships with patients and the supervisory team, including AHWs and cultural mentors.

KeywordsLongitudinal integrated clerkship; Aboriginal; Community Controlled; learning environment
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