Journal article

A brief experience for medical students in a remote Aboriginal community.

Jill Benson, Courtney Ryder, Madeleine Gill, Anna Balabanski

AfP | Published : 2015

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, particularly those in remote communities, have lower access to health services when compared with the rest of the Australian population. This research examined the expectations and outcomes of medical students who went on a 2-day trip to a remote Aboriginal community. METHODS: Activities were organised by community members, ground staff and fly-in fly-out health professionals. Students wrote about their expectations and post-trip reflections on personal, medical and cultural themes. RESULTS: Twenty-three students participated in this study. Themes included complex, different and increased illnesses; how culture affects day-to-day lif..

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