Launch of Australian Aboriginal Child Health Modules
The first two of four learning modules focusing on Australian Aboriginal child health are set to go live during the RACP Congress being held in Brisbane 6 -9 May 2012.
Another project funded by the RHCE Stream One Program, the Australian Aboriginal Child Health Modules project consists of two phases.
Phase one aims to develop a two-module course to introduce:
i. cultural awareness relating to Aboriginal families and communities
ii. the social determinants of Aboriginal child health – past, present and future
Facilitated online forum discussions will be run over a three-week period, with involvement from Aboriginal health workers, cultural services officers and medical experts.
These initial two modules and the facilitation session will be available from 6 May 2012, with the official launch scheduled for May 9.
Two further modules and additional rounds of facilitated discussion will occur from 6 August 2012 and focus on:
iii. the spectrum of common illnesses in Aboriginal children in remote and urban settings (including ear, skin, and eye infections, anaemia, bronchiectasis, rheumatic heart disease and post-infectious glomerulonephritis);
iv. developmental problems, including Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, and the effects of early life trauma (adverse social, nutritional and emotional experiences) on development.
The online modules will include video and audio footage. They are designed to be case-based and interactive including a question–answer format, with links to relevant clinical images and guidelines.