Contribution to the paper in brackets: Xiuzhi Pham (25%), Priscilla Page (25%), Sundram Sivamalai (25%) and Torres Woolley (25%).
The benefits of a tailor-made pilot primary health-care course for Indigenous high school students in remote Queensland
Article first published online: 24 MAY 2012
© 2012 The Authors. Australian Journal of Rural Health © National Rural Health Alliance Inc.
Australian Journal of Rural Health
Volume 20, Issue 3, pages 113–118, June 2012
How to Cite
Pham, X., Page, P., Sivamalai, S. and Woolley, T. (2012), The benefits of a tailor-made pilot primary health-care course for Indigenous high school students in remote Queensland. Australian Journal of Rural Health, 20: 113–118. doi: 10.1111/j.1440-1584.2012.01268.x
- Issue published online: 24 MAY 2012
- Article first published online: 24 MAY 2012
- Accepted for publication 21 March 2012.
- health-care course;
- Indigenous education;
- primary health-care education
Objective: This study highlights the benefits of a tailor-made course for an Indigenous high school in a remote North Queensland community.
Design: Qualitative research study using a Grounded Theory approach to allow thematic analysis of participant's responses to a researcher-administered, pre-defined, semistructured questionnaire.
Setting: Remote community college in Abergowrie, North Queensland.
Participants: Four male high school students and eight key stakeholders were interviewed over the telephone (n = 12).
Results: Thematic analyses of the feedback from students and stakeholders showed a variety of benefits from the course for Indigenous students: increased knowledge of health issues, greater awareness and interest in health career pathways, increased pride, self-esteem and self-confidence, positive role-modelling and leadership behaviour in the students, and hope for future career development. Weaknesses identified were mainly associated with a lack of resources and support for the course.
Conclusions: This study demonstrates that a tailor-made primary health-care education course can create opportunities for Indigenous people to pursue health careers, promote health knowledge and leadership skills, inspire pride and self-esteem, and strengthen links within the community.