People. Policy. Place. Seminar Series 2019 – Robyn Williams
Connecting the conceptual and practical dots – preparation of health professionals to work effectively and safely in Indigenous primary health care settings
The establishment and contribution of a consistent, culturally safe and effective workplace is seen as crucial to enabling equity and access to health care and improving health outcomes. The inquiry at the centre of this PhD thesis is what kind of preparation to health professionals need to work effectively in Indigenous primary health care contexts. The research question was explored with twenty-two participants using in-depth interviews. Participants were health professionals (nurses, doctors, and allied health professionals who are (or have been) working in Indigenous urban, rural and remote locations.
A constructivist grounded theory approach was used. This involved in-depth interviews, follow up conversations, and Charmaz’s grounded theory method to analyse the interview data, thereby building a theory.
Four major themes emerged from the data and came together to form a theory of ongoing preparation. Namely, that preparation for practice never really ends. It is ongoing, cyclical, and affected or influenced by a number of intrinsic and extrinsic factors.
It is intended that in the long term, the research will contribute to education and practice about how health professionals can work more effectively using a cultural safety model; ultimately contributing to better health outcomes for Indigenous peoples.
Robyn Williams has nursing and education qualifications and has nearly forty years of experience of working with Indigenous peoples, primarily in the NT but also all over Australia.
Robyn is the course coordinator of the Bachelor of Health Science at Charles Darwin University where she also teaches into the Bachelor of Nursing, and Midwifery (Indigenous health, cultural safety, and rural and remote health). In 2017 she was part of a CATSINaM working group for the adaption of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Curriculum Framework; and is working with IAHA on a Career Pathways project and a Cultural Responsiveness workshop package. She has worked closely with the Chronic Conditions and Remote Health programs, NT Department of Health, and has facilitated effective communication and health literacy workshops Stage 1 for an NT Department of Health project. She is also contributing to a cultural safety project run by Danila Dilba Aboriginal Medical Service and co-editing a textbook on cultural safety and diversity in health care.
Robyn in currently writing up her PhD thesis on exploring preparation for health professionals to be culturally safe and effective practitioners in Indigenous primary health care settings.
When: Thursday, 16 May 2019 @ 10:30am – 11:30am
Where: Northern Institute, Yellow Building 1, Level 2, Room 48 (Savannah Room – MAP)
RSVP: by Wednesday, 15 May 2019 via Outlook or firstname.lastname@example.org
Northern Institute manage a ‘People Policy Place’ (PPP) Seminar Series that has been running successfully since the launch of the Northern Institute in 2010. These seminars are attended by academic staff, university students, NT & local government and non-government organisations, local businesses, Indigenous and industry representatives, and interested members of public.
Our PPP seminars are held in our large meeting room (Savanna Room Yellow 1.2.48) at Northern Institute, CDU Casuarina campus and are generally 30-45mins long followed by a Q&A session with the audience. The seminars can be viewed live via Cisco WebEx if you are unable to attend in person. Seminars are also video recorded and uploaded to our Vimeo channel.