Authors: Kelly Hosking, Teresa De Santis, Emily Vintour‑Cesar, Phillip Merrdi Wilson, Linda Bunn, George Garambaka Gurruwiwi, Shiraline Wurrawilya, Sarah Mariyalawuy Bukulatjpi, Sandra Nelson, Cheryl Ross, Paula Binks, Phoebe Schroder, Joshua S. Davis, Sean Taylor, Christine Connors , Jane Davies and on behalf of the Hep B PAST partnership

Journal: BMC Health Services Research

“[Chronic hepatitis B] is often misunderstood by those living with the condition, their families, and communities, and those involved in their care and management. [Chronic hepatitis B]-specifc education exists for doctors and nurses but not for the Aboriginal health workforce. We aimed to address this gap in CHB education and increase equitable access to educational opportunities by co-designing, developing, and delivering a culturally safe training course for the Aboriginal health workforce.” (p.2)

This research paper describes the factors which led to the successful co-design, delivery, and evaluation of the “Managing hepatitis B” course for the Aboriginal health workforce.

The authors conclude that co-designed education for the Aboriginal health workforce must embed principles of cultural safety and meaningful community consultation to enable an increase in knowledge and empowerment. The findings of this research can be used to guide the design of future health education for First Nations health professionals and to other non-dominant cultures. The course model has been successfully transferred to other health issues in the Northern Territory.

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