Creating cultural empathy and challenging attitudes through Indigenous narratives

Public health Nutrition Medicine Indigenous health Diseases Australia



Project summary

The project has two primary aims:

  • to positively influence the health and wellbeing of Australian Indigenous people by improving the education of health professionals;
  • to engage students with authentic stories of Indigenous people’s experience of healthcare, both positive and negative, which enhance the development of deep and lasting empathy.

The project activities include:

  • Collection of 50 multimedia Indigenous stories, available to National Network members.
  • Creation of a National Network of educators who are interested in developing and trialling learning resources.
  • Mapping of potential learning from narratives to curricula.
  • Creation of learning materials by National Network members; and
  • Piloting learning activities with multidisciplinary health students across universities.

Project values

  • Integrity of goals, purpose and process through respectful engagement with Indigenous people, story provider empowerment and safety, and Indigenous governance of the research process. 
  • Collaborative development of insightful and high quality learning materials by innovative health educators using the multimedia Indigenous stories.
  • Incorporation of Indigenous voices in all areas of the healthcare curriculum – rather than just within a cultural competency or cultural diversity unit.

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 (WA).

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