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Development of the Aboriginal Health Worker male health module

What’s it like being a male Aboriginal Health Worker?

Men’s health worker Mick Ryan talks about his work in this video by Geelong Region Local Learning and Employment Network.

Developing knowledge and skills

Andrology Australia has developed an education module for Aboriginal Health Workers to enhance their knowledge and provide them with additional skills so they may effectively engage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander males to seek medical assistance.

The module was developed under the guidance and direction of the Andrology Australia Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Male Health Reference Group which was established in 2002.

Phase 1: Identifying the education need

Strategies to increase community understanding and dissemination of educational resources for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander males and health service providers in the most relevant and culturally appropriate ways were identified through a process of dialogue and consultation with the Andrology Australia Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Male Health Reference Group. Central to this consultation was the identified need for a specific educational resource for male Aboriginal Health Workers. Evidence exists to support the notion that when specific Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander male friendly health programs are available, improved health seeking behaviour occurs. This is particularly so with the presence of an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander male health worker or allied health professional.

Phase 2: The Male Health Education Module for Aboriginal Health Workers

With financial support from the Rio Tinto Aboriginal Fund, Andrology Australia has co-ordinated the content development for the male health education module. A wide range of topics related to male health and wellbeing have been included in the module – identified by the Reference Group as key issues brought to the group from their own constituencies. There has also been an independent expert review of the content to ensure it is evidence-based and reflects current best practice. The module content is sensitive to cultural and social issues unique to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

The module comprises 14 Units across a range of health areas (Download individual units here).

It is also recognised that a range of other topics would also be relevant for inclusion. The intention is that this module is regularly updated with new knowledge and information as it becomes available.

For more information about the male health education program for Aboriginal Health Workers, please contact: info@andrologyaustralia.org.

You can also access free online education for health professionals working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander males at Andrology Australia eLearning—just register and login. All courses on Andrology Australia’s eLearning portal are free and available for any health professional as self-directed learning.

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