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A Partnership Model in the Development and Implementation of a Collaborative, Cardiovascular Education Program for Aboriginal Health Workers



The aim of this study was to assess the feasibility and acceptability of a collaborative model of cardiovascular (CVD) education for Aboriginal Health Workers (AHWs).

The model was established by key education providers, policy makers, non-government organisations, the local area health service and Aboriginal community controlled organisations, and aimed to increase collaboration, skill development, cultural competence and access to mentorship and expertise for AHWs.

Significant improvements in all participants' CVD knowledge and confidence levels at the end of the course indicate that the program was successful. Participants not only gained factual knowledge of CVD, but also gained confidence in their understandings, skills, and communication abilities related to their CVD practice.

The program was a collaboration between the National Heart Foundation of Australia, the Sydney West Area Health Service, the Department of Technical and Further Education, New South Wales Health, the University of Western Sydney and the Western Sydney Aboriginal Community Controlled Medical Service. 

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract


Professor Patricia Davidson
University of Technology Sydney

Related publications

NSW Health (2005)

Know your heart: cardiovascular training manual for Aboriginal Health Workers.

Sydney: NSW Health

Note: This training manual was produced for the NSW Aboriginal Vascular Health Program, which was part of the NSW Aboriginal Chronic Care Program. The training is no longer running and the manual will not be revised or updated. It is available here for reference purposes.

This manual was a training resource for Aboriginal Health Workers and allied health professionals. The aim of the manual was to increase the ability of health workers and professionals in NSW to:

The manual is divided into 6 parts with overheads, handouts and a list of resources for further information. It is clearly set out with easy to understand instructions and suggestions on how to use the manual. As there was a range in the knowledge of the professionals and workers who benefited from the training, the manual was designed so that it could be adapted by the presenter to suit different learning needs.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Evaluated publications

Davidson PM, DiGiacomo M, Abbott P, Zecchin R, Heal PE, Mieni L, Sheerin N, Smith J, Mark A, Bradbery B, Davison J (2008)

A partnership model in the development and implementation of a collaborative, cardiovascular education program for Aboriginal health workers.

Australian Health Review; 32(1): 139-146


Last updated: 8 March 2018
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