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23 Feb 2017

 It is well known that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples continue to have poor health outcomes compared to non-Indigenous Australians. While these disparities are recognised to be multifactorial and multidimensional, including historical, social and environmental influences, evidence suggest quality of care afforded to Indigenous Australians by the healthcare community is suboptimal. Since 2004, medical schools have been required to include Indigenous Health in their teaching curriculums for accreditation with the goal of producing culturally aware and competent doctors to address this issue. 


What is the Indigenous Health Curriculum Project?

This research aims to explore and compare the current Indigenous Health curriculums offered at each Australian medical school. Furthermore, the perceptions and preparedness of final year medical students to engage with Indigenous patients will be examined to understand the effectiveness of the current curriculum. 

Team Structure

Luke Walker is a Wiradjuri man who will be acting as Project Convenor for the research project. He will be in charge of overseeing the project, and we are recruiting 3 additional students to be his team members and assist with data collection.

Application Process

Applications open at 5PM on Thursday, the 23rd of February 2017 and close at 11:59pm AEST on Saturday the 4th of March 2017.

To apply please fill in the following application: 

 If you have any questions about what the role entails or about the project please contact Luke Walker at and CC Konrad Pisarski at  

Team Member Position Description

Reports to

Indigenous Health Curriculum Project Project Convenor (Luke Walker)

Primary Tasks

Collection and interpretation of data, report writing

Overall Goals for 2017

Complete the Indigenous Health Curriculum project and publish internally or externally


Contact Universities to follow up involvement and interpret collected data

Formation of scoring and results from data Assist in publication of results

Day-to-day tasks

Updating team on progress, team meetings

Time commitment

2-3 hours per week, at most 5 hours per week in busy periods


Team work
Ability to work effectively to deadlines, time management. Understanding of qualitative data interpretation (desirable, but not required)

Performance Indicators

Quality of data interpretation. Quality of written work produced.

People to liaise with

Indigenous Health Curriculum Project Project Convenor: Luke Walker

Vice-chair, AMSA Medical Education (Research): Konrad Pisarski

Chair, AMSA Medical Education: Jeffery Wang

External: universities

Published: 23 Feb 2017