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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 participant's 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.
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Professor Patricia Davidson
Centre for Cardiovascular and Chronic Care
University of Technology Sydney
PO Box 123
Broadway NSW 2007
Ph: (02) 9514 4822
Fax: (02) 9514 4835