Allied Health Student Placements in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities and Health Settings
In this Practice Context section, you can access:
- Potential benefits and challenges experienced in placements with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
- Resources to support students in preparing for a placement in an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community, including communication, culture and team considerations
- Different placement models that can be used in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
- Readings and resources about health, culture, welfare and curriculum that might help students gain understanding of issues specific to their placement setting
- Examples of programs, networks and resources used in allied health professions (including Exercise Physiology, Occupational Therapy, Physio and Speech Pathology) and with different population groups (including aged care, mental health and schools and education
“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, 2019).
Working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples 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 peoples.
- Indigenous Allied Health Australia (2013, updated and re-endorsed 2019). Position Paper: Culturally Responsive Health Care.