Adapting the structure or nature of clinical education placements for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities or Health settings

Selecting the most appropriate style of placement experience can enhance the benefits of clinical education working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The traditional one student with one clinician model might not be the most suitable or useful model within this context. Some of the challenges might also be more easily addressed using a non-traditional placement model.

The structure of placement needs to be carefully considered:

  • Length of placement: Taking students for a longer placement time might allow students adequate time to develop relationships, cultural awareness and communication skills, and become part of the multi-disciplinary team;
  • Placement Models: Selecting a non-traditional placement model may allow greater exposure and opportunities for both the student, client and clinical supervisor.  These are explored in more detail below.

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