Clinical education placements working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

“It is the responsibility of the health education providers to ensure their graduates attain the necessary skills, knowledge and attitudes that will enable them to deliver culturally responsive care. This includes providing clinical experiences that expose them to the unique needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations.”
(Indigenous Allied Health Australia, 2013).


Working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people is something all allied health students will probably experience regardless of their clinical education placement context.

In this video, Dr Alison Nelson explains why it is 'everybody's business' to know about working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Students, clinical educators and service providers can all benefit from Indigenous clinical education placements. However, there are also some additional challenges and considerations when providing a quality placement in an Indigenous setting.

These benefits, challenges and suggested ways to tackle the challenges have been used as the framework for providing information and practical resources for clinical educators and their students. There are also sections providing general resources and information about Indigenous issues, resources for specific allied health professions working in an Indigenous context; as well as resources relevant to particular practice contexts (e.g. aged care, mental health) working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and health professional curriculum developments.


Indigenous Allied Health Australia (2013, updated and re-endorsed 2019). Position Paper: Culturally Responsive Health Care.



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