Staff profiles

Project lead
Dr Ivan Lin
Senior Lecturer/NHMRC Early Career Research Fellow
Rural Remote and Regional Health (WA Centre for Rural Health)
Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences (FMDHS)
Team members
Wanda Flanagan, Charmaine Green, Prof Dawn Bessarab, Kathryn Fitzgerald, Associate Prof Denese Playford

Project outline

This project aims to enhance health and social science student education by designing, delivering and evaluating an innovative learning program to enhance communication based around the concept of ‘clinical yarning’. Current education does not prepare health science graduates to communicate effectively with Aboriginal patients therefore unsatisfactory communication continues to be a primary barrier for Aboriginal people to access health care.

An innovative blended learning program will be developed incorporating online learning using emerging technologies (360-degree video), face to face, and experiential simulation based learning. 360-degree video technology will allow students to connect with Aboriginal culture in ways previously unavailable, such as learning firsthand from community members about Aboriginal culture, the power of ‘yarning’ and its significance in the Health and Social Sciences. The 360-degree videos will be available online through the UWA Learning Management System (LMS) allowing students to access the videos using their mobile devices anywhere creating a flexible and mobile learning environment for students.

The project benefit to student learning is to address an area of unmet learning need, using in-context, flexible and accessible learning technologies. This will contribute significantly to health science student graduates who are ‘work-ready’ for Aboriginal health care settings. Staff members will benefit from engaging with colleagues across the faculty to progress an important cross-profession area of translation-oriented education and health scholarship.

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