Examining Students’ Experiences of Indigenous Health within the Monash MBBS. Lana Prout MBBS (Hons) BMedSc (Hons). Introduction.
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Indigenous people, encompassing those of both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander origin, remain the least healthy group of people in Australia, with an average life expectancy 17 years lower than the national average (ABS, 2007). The reasons for this are complex and numerous.
The achievement of substantial improvements in Indigenous health will depend on both health and non-health sectors working together with Indigenous leaders and communities.
The education of future medical practitioners must take into consideration this current disparity of health status between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians and ensure that medical students are taught how to facilitate culturally-appropriate healthcare in order to assist the improvement of Indigenous health outcomes.