[by Luisa Low]
Scholarship program triples completion rates for TAFE students
A unique teaching approach has more than tripled Aboriginal students’ completion rates at TAFE, new research from the University of Sydney has found.
The research, published in the Australian Health Review, analysed a customised model of learning support developed by the University’s Poche Centre for Indigenous Health.
Under the model 380 qualifications have been awarded to Aboriginal students in oral health, allied health, counselling and heath assistance through TAFE. The training model has yielded a 96 per cent completion rate, the paper’s lead researcher and Poche Centre research director Dr Kylie Gwynne found.
Dr Gwynne’s paper scrutinised the first cohort of students who enrolled under the Poche Centre’s training model. Her analysis proves the effectiveness of seven key factors which improve outcomes for Aboriginal students.
The enabling factors discussed in Dr Gwynne’s paper were varied and include:
ensuring enrolling students were motivated and had strong community support;
ensuring Aboriginal support staff were involved in all aspects of the program;
ensuring training took into account students’ financial needs, academic requirements and family commitments; and
fostering connections and relationships between students.
“Vocational training is an important pathway into the health professions for Aboriginal people but completion rates for Aboriginal students are typically poor,” said Dr Gwynne.
“It is possible to improve completion rates if vocational training is designed to meet the cultural and familial needs of Aboriginal students.
“We’ve called this initiative Project5000, as we ultimately want 5000 Aboriginal people to be qualified and in local secure jobs. We are eager to offer the program to more communities and more scholars.
“Preliminary economic analysis undertaken by the Australian Social Investment Trust estimates a cost-benefit of more than $27,000 for every job secured. This is largely attributed to a decrease in welfare and increase in tax, ” Dr Gwynne said.
Rachel Williams is a Registered Oral Health Therapist and works in Inverell as the clinician at Armajun Aboriginal Medical Service. Image: supplied
London Museum returns Aboriginal ancestral remains after more than a century
[Shive Prema, Daily Mail]
Narungga community representatives from South Australia, Douglas Milera and Professor Peter Buckskin, travelled to the UK to attend the handover ceremony on Tuesday night.
Land commissioner rejects 'pedantic, ungracious' objections to Aboriginal claims
[Jane Bardon, ABC]
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Bangarra to embark on international tour to Canada and the United States
[supplied by Bangarra]
International touring is an essential part of Bangarra’s role as ambassadors for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, underpinning the company’s commitment to sharing the strength and resilience of Australia’s First Peoples on the world stage.