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Preparing students for placement in Aboriginal health services using online virtual orientation tours: A Participatory action approach

Cross, M ORCID: 0000-0001-5526-4650, Sculthorpe, J, Barnett, T ORCID: 0000-0002-1376-6414 and Dennis, S ORCID: 0000-0002-8100-1560 2017 , 'Preparing students for placement in Aboriginal health services using online virtual orientation tours: A Participatory action approach' , Australian Indigenous Health Bulletin, vol. 17, no. 2 , pp. 1-7 .

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Objective: To co-construct a virtual web-based platform toenhance the preparation of health care students for placement inAboriginal health settings.Methods: A Participatory action project undertaken in 2014-15 inTasmania, Australia. Participants were an Aboriginal communitycontrolled organisation, its Aboriginal Health Services and ruralhealth academics at an Australian university.Results: Virtual orientation tours of three Aboriginal HealthServices were viewed 1,500 times within 12 months of beinguploaded online in 2015. Collaboration was central to producinga mutually-useful, culturally-informed online resource that metthe needs of placement and education providers for preparingstudents for placements in Aboriginal health. Partners and facultythat manage undergraduate placements valued the consistency,reach and flexibility the tours afforded.Conclusions: Co-constructed virtual orientation tours provide aresource effective way for placement and education providers toaugment the practical, cultural and ethical preparation of studentsfor placement in Aboriginal health. Providing all health care students from any education provider, timely and flexible accessto virtual tours of Aboriginal health services can demystify theseservices, attract interest in-context and begin orientation prior toarrival.Implications: Virtual tours of Aboriginal health services maybetter prepare students for placements and facilitate more positiveplacement experiences and learning outcomes. Virtual toursaugmented with cultural information further ensure that studentsare culturally and professionally prepared to observe appropriatehealth service delivery insitu. This will reduce anxiety and may beuseful for other health services and education providers seeking toprepare students for placement in Aboriginal health care settings.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Cross, M and Sculthorpe, J and Barnett, T and Dennis, S
Keywords: Aboriginal health, clinical placement, collaboration, orientation, virtual tours
Journal or Publication Title: Australian Indigenous Health Bulletin
Publisher: Australian Indigenous Health Info Net
ISSN: 1445-7253
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