Indigenous Health and Medical Education: A National Approach to Curriculum Design
The Committee of Deans of Australian Medical Schools (CDAMS) have developed the CDAMS Indigenous Health Curriculum Framework, and have been successful in getting the framework accredited. This means all doctors trained in Australia will be required to learn some basic knowledge, skills and practices about Indigenous Australian peoples and their health through a set of key student attributes and outcomes. This curriculum initiative represents major development and social change — given the poor health status of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and the exciting curriculum development partnership approach which CDAMS has developed. The presentation will focus on the pedagogical principles underpinning the curriculum framework and the process of curriculum and institutional reform within Australian medical schools.
Keywords: curriculum, Indigenous, medical education
Mr Gregory Phillips
National Program Manager, Indigenous Health Curriculum Project, Committee of Deans of Australian Medical Schools / The University of Melbourne