Study level

  • Vacation research experience scheme

Faculty/School

Faculty of Health

School of Clinical Sciences

Topic status

In progress.

Research centre

Supervisors

Mrs Julie Burbery
Position
Senior Lecturer
Division / Faculty
Faculty of Health
Mr Crispen Chamunyonga
Position
Lecturer
Division / Faculty
Faculty of Health
Mrs Peta Rutledge
Position
Associate Lecturer
Division / Faculty
Faculty of Health

Overview

Radiation therapy (RT) graduates are required to have a combination of knowledge of Indigenous perspectives as well as highly technical and empathetic skills related to their practice.

The aims of this study are to:

  • provide a structured Indigenous knowledges curriculum that aligns with university graduate outcomes, and industry and registration requirements
  • instil knowledge, skills, attitudes and awareness of Indigenous perspectives in the Radiation Therapy graduates using evidence informed approaches, so they can influence clinical practice by working in a culturally responsive manner to improve cancer treatment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients

These aims are in line with QUT's Blueprint 6 priorities to embed Indigenous knowledges and perspectives into curricula and enables us to meet the curriculum design features as outlined in the Faculty of Health Cultural Safety Framework. The integration of Indigenous perspectives into the student learning pathway provides the students with strategies that will encourage continued professional development of Indigenous perspectives in their health careers as well as reinforcing the lessons they have learnt in transforming their thinking, behaviours, and values as new graduates to influence practice changes.

Specific objectives of this study are to:

  • identify relevant evidence informed approaches that can be used to support integration of knowledge of Indigenous perspectives in specific units of study within QUT’s Bachelor of Radiation therapy program
  • develop appropriate resources that are highly relevant to the application of RT’s role in the management of cancer patients
  • ensure integration is based on a whole-of-course approach with horizontal and vertical alignment across the curriculum
  • review the requisite knowledge required of a registered RT to practice, in a culturally safe manner as defined in the National Scheme's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Strategy
  • review literature related to how Indigenous Knowledge has been integrated into other programs
  • develop an article for publication in a relevant peer reviewed journal to highlight if Indigenous knowledge curriculum changes are required to ensure RT students graduate with the required industry and registration requirements.

Research activities

Research activities include:

  • literature search and review
  • writing a journal article for publication.

Outcomes

The outcome of this project is to develop an article for publication in a relevant peer reviewed journal to highlight if Indigenous knowledge curriculum changes are required to ensure RT students graduate with the required industry and registration requirements.

Skills and experience

You must have successfully completed either:

  • CSH600 Evidence Based Practice
  • HLH401 Advanced Research Methods.

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Contact

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