Reshaping Curricula: Culture and Mental Health in Undergraduate Health Degrees

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Australia is a country rich in cultural diversity, with Indigenous Australians having specific cultural values and a variety of spoken languages. In addition, the increasing number of people from migrant and refugee backgrounds requires that health professionals be able to communicate effectively with people from a wide range of cultural backgrounds. This is particularly relevant when undertaking a mental health assessment, because members of diverse communities often face the dual vulnerability of marginalization and stigmatization. This paper reports on the development and evaluation of a virtual teaching and learning resource that prepares health students to be culturally competent in mental health assessment.

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Muir Cochrane, E., O’Kane, D., McAllister, M., Levett Jones, T., & Gerace, A. (2018). Reshaping curricula: Culture and mental health in undergraduate health degrees.  International Journal of Mental Health Nursing,  27(2), 652-661.

About This Study:

Outcome(s): Cultural Competence
Intervention(s): Cultural Competence Training
Intervention Duration: Not specified
Relevant ORR Program: Children's Services, Ethnic Community Self-Help Program, Medical Screening, Preferred Communities, Refugee Health Promotion
Study Type: Suggestive evidence
Full Text Availability: Free
Direction of Evidence: Positive impact
Strength of Evidence: Suggestive
Population(s): Refugees
Gender(s) of Participants: All
Age(s) of Participants: Multiple Age Groups
Region(s) of Origin of Participants: Multiple Regions

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