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Creating Cultural Empathy and Challenging Attitudes Through Indigenous Narratives



This project aims to positively influence the health and wellbeing of Australian Indigenous people by improving the education of health professionals. The program hopes to achieve this goal by engaging university students in healthcare disciplines with authentic stories of Indigenous people's experience of healthcare, both positive and negative, to enhance the development of deep and lasting empathy. Through this type of engagement the project hopes to improve the capacity of health graduates to work effectively with Indigenous people.

The project activities include:

The Creating Cultural Empathy and Challenging Attitudes Through Indigenous Narratives project encourages the incorporation of Indigenous voices in all areas of the healthcare curriculum, rather than just within a cultural competency or cultural diversity unit.

Any health educator who would like to support the project can register as a team member in the national network through the project's website (see below). Registered members of the network will have access to the library of stories, key learnings from the story providers, and reflections from an Indigenous reference group.

Led by Edith Cowan University, this project includes The Combined Universities Centre for Rural Health, Curtin University of Technology, The University of Notre Dame, The University of Western Australia and Health Consumers' Council of Western Australia. It is funded by the Australian Learning and Teaching Council Ltd.

Abstract adapted from Edith Cowan University


Last updated: 27 June 2017
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