Impact of a short, culturally relevant training course on cancer knowledge and confidence in Western Australia's Aboriginal Health Professionals
Article first published online: 8 JUL 2010
© 2010 The Authors. Journal Compilation © 2010 Public Health Association of Australia
Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health
Volume 34, Issue Supplement s1, pages S76–S79, July 2010
How to Cite
Croager, E. J., Eades, T., Pratt, I. S. and Slevin, T. (2010), Impact of a short, culturally relevant training course on cancer knowledge and confidence in Western Australia's Aboriginal Health Professionals. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 34: S76–S79. doi: 10.1111/j.1753-6405.2010.00558.x
- Issue published online: 8 JUL 2010
- Article first published online: 8 JUL 2010
- Submitted: February 2010 Revision requested: March 2010 Accepted: April 2010
Objective: To develop, deliver and evaluate a cancer education course for Indigenous Health Professionals.
Method: The cancer education course combines expert presentations, interactive sessions and visits to local cancer treatment centres. Three four-day courses have been run, in both metropolitan and regional Western Australia (WA). Cancer knowledge and confidence were measured at baseline, course completion and at follow-up (six to eight months). Data were analysed within subject.
Results: Thirty-five Aboriginal Health Professionals have completed the program, most from rural or remote WA. All confidence items significantly improved at course completion (p<0.005), but improvements for only two items, ‘I know what cancer is’ and ‘I can describe the different common cancers’, were sustained at follow-up (p<0.05). Knowledge of treatment (p<0.05), screening (p<0.05) and the most common cancers in women (p<0.005) were significantly greater after course completion, but increased knowledge was not sustained at follow-up.
Conclusion: Demand for places suggests that Aboriginal Health Professionals are interested in developing knowledge, skills and confidence in cancer control. Attendance increased understanding of cancer and improved cancer knowledge however this was not maintained.
Implications: A short, culturally relevant training course increases cancer knowledge and confidence, however, ongoing education is needed to maintain this.