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Cross cultural, Aboriginal language, discovery education for health literacy and informed consent in a remote Aboriginal community in the Northern Territory, Australia

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posted on 27.07.2018, 00:00 by JM Shield, TM Kearns, J Garngulkpuy, L Walpulay, R Gundjirryirr, L Bundhala, V Djarpanbuluwuy, RM Andrews, Jennifer Judd
Background: Education for health literacy of Australian Aboriginal people living remotely is challenging as their languages and worldviews are quite different from English language and Western worldviews. Becoming health literate depends on receiving comprehensible information in a culturally acceptable manner. Methods: The study objective was to facilitate oral health literacy through community education about scabies and strongyloidiasis, including their transmission and control, preceding an ivermectin mass drug administration (MDA) for these diseases. A discovery education approach where health concepts are connected to cultural knowledge in the local language was used. Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal educators worked collaboratively to produce an in-depth flip-chart of the relevant stories in the local language and to share them with clan elders and 27% of the population. Results: The community health education was well received. Feedback indicated that the stories were being discussed in the community and that the mode of transmission of strongyloidiasis was understood. Two-thirds of the population participated in the MDA. This study documents the principles and practice of a method of making important Western health knowledge comprehensible to Aboriginal people. This method would be applicable wherever language and culture of the people differ from language and culture of health professionals.

Funding

Category 4 - CRC Research Income

History

Volume

3

Issue

1

Start Page

1

End Page

11

Number of Pages

11

ISSN

2414-6366

Publisher

MDPI AG, Switzerland

Additional Rights

CC BY 4.0

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

Yes

Cultural Warning

This research output may contain the names and images of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people now deceased. We apologize for any distress that may occur.

Acceptance Date

20/01/2018

External Author Affiliations

ARDS Aboriginal Corp;La Trobe univerisyt; Menzies School of Health Research, Yalu" Marngithinyarraw; JCU

Author Research Institute

Centre for Indigenous Health Equity Research

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Tropical Medicine and Infectious Disease