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A tri-nations initiative

Indigenous people in Canada, Australia and New Zealand experience a greater burden of chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and mental illness than non-Indigenous people. Indigenous patients tend to receive poorer quality health care than non-Indigenous people, partly due to ‘health professional factors’, such as clinical decision making, communication and engagement with patients and families.  

Currently little is known about how educational approaches influence the health professional factors which contribute to poor outcomes in Indigenous health, or about what approaches work best. The Educating for Equity project will help contribute to improving health professionals’ knowledge, attitudes and behaviours, plus share experiences and approaches to Indigenous health teaching and learning in the area of chronic disease.   

Collectively this proposal brings together a unique group of Indigenous academics who have demonstrated substantial success in their local settings. It will build on and strengthen existing collaborations such as the Leaders in Medical Education (LIME) network and Pacific Region Indigenous Doctors Congress (PRIDoC), which many of the study investigators are active members of. The sharing of knowledge and building of new strategies that this proposal offers will not only provide greater strength and support for local initiatives but will also enable the development of tools and strategies that will cross institutional boundaries. 

For more information about the specific objectives for each country, click here.

Tri-Nations Map

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