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Educating for Equity members attend LIME Connection V
Many of the Educating for Equity team attended the LIME (Leaders in Indigenous Medical Education) Connection V in August. The LIME Connection is a biannual conference that works towards sharing our information about gains and issues in Indigenous medical education.
E4E team members from New Zealand and Australia presented at this conference in Darwin, Australia. It was a great opportunity to meet up with teams members and network with others with similar research interests.
Photos: Dancers from Larrakeyah welcoming delegates to their land, Aboriginal painting of a Dugong, Port Darwin.
Educating for Equity International Meeting 2012 Honolulu, Hawai’i
We are excited to announce the Educating for Equity International Meeting 2012, a multi-national gathering of academic and research staff collaborating to improve Indigenous health outcomes! When: 22-23 October, 2012; Where: University of Hawai’i, John A. Burns School of Medicine, Honolulu. Educating for Equity international meetings are critical for developing ways of working together, discussing and debating approaches, and ensuring alignment of research activities across the three countries.
This year’s meeting activities will include: multi-national Indigenous health curriculum mapping, development of a collaborative Indigenous health evaluation framework and composition of international papers. The meeting will not only provide an active, collaborative academic space, but will also provide the opportunity to share ideas with Indigenous Hawai’ian academic colleagues. If you are interested in any specific activity related to the Educating for Equity International Meeting, please contact Kathleen Kramlinger-Wills at firstname.lastname@example.org. More updates to come soon!
Harvard Professor Lends her expertise to E4E Aotearoa
by Kathleen Kramlinger-Wills & Dr Bettina Ikenasio
The Educating for Equity (E4E) project is a research collaboration funded by the International Collaborative Indigenous Health Research Partnership (ICIHRP). The project seeks to strengthen co-operation between tertiary institutions in Aotearoa/New Zealand, Australia and Canada in Indigenous health education through sharing of knowledge, theory, experiences, ideas and resources. A major focus of the project is investigating innovative approaches to Indigenous health teaching and learning in the area of chronic disease, with a view to improving the wellbeing of Indigenous peoples in each country. The Principal Investigator is Dr. Rhys Jones of Te Kupenga Hauora Māori, Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences.
The E4E Aotearoa team recently met with Professor Nancy Krieger, an internationally recognised social epidemiologist from the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH). Professor Krieger shared her expertise in relation to implicit and explicit measures of discrimination with the E4E team. As she highlighted in a recent seminar at The University of Auckland, “Rigorous study of how racism harms health, like any other sort of scientific research, requires conceptual clarity about the theories we use to articulate causal relationships and the methods we use to measure phenomena and test our hypotheses”.
The working meeting focused on development of an implicit/explicit bias instrument for use in the E4E Aotearoa project. The instrument applies Professor Krieger’s work on eco-social theory to the field of health professional education research. It will provide a mechanism for examining unconscious biases and stereotypes among students and practitioners, and for better understanding how these ‘health professional factors’ contribute to inequities in health care and chronic disease outcomes.
Research team representatives from Auckland, Christchurch, Wellington and Dunedin gathered for the working session hosted by The University of Otago- Wellington. As Project Lead Investigator, Dr. Rhys Jones, reports: “The E4E team was buzzing with renewed enthusiasm after this productive meeting with Professor Krieger”.
It is anticipated that this component of the study will serve as a unique contribution to the evidence base in Indigenous health education. Examining and addressing implicit and explicit biases through health professional education will help to reduce health care disparities and improve chronic disease outcomes for Māori. The methods and tools developed for this component of the study also promise to have broader application in other research and educational settings.
Teaching Indigenous Health
This Internationally there has been a focus on having Indigenous health part of the curricula in Medical Schools. For example, in Australia standards specify that medical schools use the educational expertise of Indigenous people, and have effective partnerships with Indigenous organisations and communities.
Medical schools are also required to have an Indigenous health curriculum that includes study of the history, culture and health of Indigenous Australians.
The following article discusses this emerging teaching field with E4E’s Dr. Paul.
UBC's Aboriginal MD Program Sees Largest Graduating Class
This year the University of British Columbia had the largest number of Indigenous Canadian MD gradutes.
Since the program started, 35 aboriginal students have completed their studies in medicine. There are another 22 enrolled in the four-year MD program.
This year 11 aborigianal students graduated for the course.
Art Days: Two medical students reflect on the value of cultural immersion and cultural safety
The project 'Art Days' is a collaboration between the Nak’azdli Health Centre and the UNBC Northern Medical Program. The project used artistic methodologies to to encourage Nak'azdli community members to express health and well being factors. Additionally, the project taught medical students the value of creative reflection.
Cancer death rates higher for Indigenous people
New research shows that in Australia Indigenous people with cancer are 50 per cent more likely to die in the year following their diagnosis than non-Indigenous people.
E4E Canada Discuss Their Progress
University of British Columbia's Aboriginal People's Health Newsletter’s latest edition features an article about the progress of Canada’s E4E Project. The Canadian team are collecting qualitative data through a series of in-depth focus groups with Aboriginal people living with diabetes.
The team have made much progress since January 2011 and the participating community’s health centre and its staff were a big support, and the participants shared many important stories and insights.
E4E project staff at the international meeting at Waipapa Marae
in Auckland, New Zealand. December 2011
Educating for Equity: International Collaboration in Indigenous Health Education
In December, 2011, the Educating for Equity project held an international gathering hosted by the University of Auckland. Representatives from Canada, Australia, and New Zealand attended this significant event.
A highlight of the visit was the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement between the three countries to resolve ways of working together that can help to realise mutual benefits. Included in the agreement title was a Māori proverb, which summed up the collaborative nature of the project, “Nāku te rourou, nāu te rourou, ka ora ai te iwi.” With your basket and my basket, the people will live.
The three E4E lead investigators;
Dr. Rhys Jones (New Zealand), Dr. Helen Milroy (Australia),and Dr. Lindsay Crowshoe (Canada),
at the international meeting at Waipapa Marae in Auckland, New Zealand. December 2011
Contributed by: Kathleen Kramlinger-Wills
Unveiling of Onemda’s E4E Print
Today Onemda hung their beautiful framed arkwork of the symbol which has now become synonymous with the Educating for Equity project.
The picture entitled ‘Wellbeing’ is explained by the following:
When we stand united and connected we can be in balance from all directions possible and in a sense invincible. Tapping into the spiritual energy we radiate as individuals and as a collective that pulsates throughout the universe allows us to blossom as Indigenous peoples. We have the capacity to survive and endure regardless, just like a rose in the desert, Indigenous people bring hope back to Mother Earth and we are rewarded by finding tranquility and renewal within our respective landscapes. Wellbeing is experienced when all of our relationships are in balance and we can lay back and float on the breeze.
The artwork is now in pride of place in Onemda’s visitor’s lounge.