Report of the Indigenous Nursing Education Working Group to the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
"International experiences show that marked improvements in Indigenous health can be enhanced through using culturally appropriate recruitment, retention and support strategies to increase the involvement of Indigenous Peoples in education programs and health care delivery. In particular Indigenous health professionals placed in the broader health system contribute to improvements in health of themselves, their families and communities. Moreover, overseas experience has also shown that strategies to provide non-Indigenous health professionals with appropriate education about Indigenous issues and health care also contributes positively to the health status of Indigenous Peoples."
Nursing and Midwifery Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Curriculum Framework
Following the release of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Curriculum Framework by the Australian Government Department of Health in 2014, CATSINaM undertook a process to adapt the framework specifically for nursing and midwifery.
The resulting Nursing and Midwifery Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Curriculum Framework is an adaption of and a complementary document to the 2014 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Curriculum Framework.
Universities delivering pre-registration courses for nursing and midwifery are encouraged to use the Nursing and Midwifery Framework to review how their courses meet and/or exceed accreditation and registration guidelines for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and cultural safety.
Cadetship and Transition to Professional Practice Programs
CATSINaM created this national resource to focus on what supports success in Cadetship and Transition to Professional Practice (TPP) Programs that are specifcally for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander participants. Success means it is a culturally safe experience for participants, they complete the program and stay in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workforce. The resource is inclusive of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students involved in a range of health professional training and builds on existing good practice. The hope is it will encourage greater uptake of dedicated programs on a national basis encourage the Aboriginal Community Controlled Health sector to be involved in their own or collaborative cadetship and/or graduate programs.
The primary purpose of the Good Clinical Placement Guide: a guide for universities and health services to create culturally safe clinical placement for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nursing and Midwifery students is to:
Support universities’ to better prepare Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander nursing and midwifery students for their clinical placements
Support clinical placement coordinators to better prepare workplaces for hosting Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander nursing and midwifery students on clinical placements
Assist higher education providers and workplaces to consider and address the complexities faced by Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander nursing and midwifery students when entering clinical placements.
A secondary purpose is preparing non-Indigenous nursing and midwifery students for placements in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander health contexts.
This resource is intended to be complimentary to other resources that higher education nursing and midwifery programs and host workplaces already use on preparing for and supporting clinical placements.
"The health workforce is the largest component of the health budget in Australia and nurses are the largest health profession. Substantial nursing workforce shortages are predicted in this ageing workforce in the next 15 years. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians are proportionately more likely than non-Indigenous Australians to access nursing services..."