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Facilitating Access, Retention and Success for Indigenous Health Science Students Sally Farrington, Susan Page Yooroang Garang Faculty of Health Sciences.

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1 Facilitating Access, Retention and Success for Indigenous Health Science Students Sally Farrington, Susan Page Yooroang Garang Faculty of Health Sciences University of Sydney

2 Yooroang Garang Teach Indigenous Health UG and PG programs Support Indigenous students in the Faculty. Since 1991, there have been 44 graduates from allied health programs ( 26 Physiotherapy, 5 Occupational Therapy, 3 Radiography, 3 Speech therapy, 5 nursing etc)

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4 Indigenous Participation in Higher Education Participation rates have improved in recent years but still underrepresented. comprise only 1.2 % Completion rates for Indigenous students 45% compared to 65% for non Indigenous counterparts.

5 The Research Project A qualitative study… …capable of identifying what actually fosters continuing engagement in education by Indigenous people Semi structured interviews with Indigenous students enrolled at the faculty

6 Commitment to Success Equity does not always mean equal treatment Students reach the same standards An enrolment means a graduation

7 Facilitating Access Personal interaction with staff….. it made me much more confident just talking to the co-ordinator on the phone Cadigal Access Program… - diffential UAI - not necessary to have assumed knowledge - other attributes considered

8 Facilitating Success… Effective orientation to the discipline content and process ( the orientation program) was really good..the teacher was teaching us how to learn Orientation to the academic environment

9 Facilitating success … continued Reduced load enrolment… (in reduced load)…you get more time so you can sort of learn a subject really well Allows time for concurrent academic support

10 Facilitating success … continued Effective academic Support… Academic staff knowledgeable about both discipline content and process Student Understanding Academic SupportCurriculum

11 Facilitating success … continued Provide personal support… - High levels of death and illness in family - Newness to the environment requires constant scaffolding Provide advocacy and case management

12 Facilitating success … continued common room for Indigenous students Its important, being able to come up here and have somewhere to study with minimal disruption and with an understanding from an Indigenous perspective of why I have difficulties in certain areas

13 Facilitating success … continued Provide dedicated learning resources - text books -models -extra lab time -computer labs

14 Facilitating success … continued Provide financial support… Most students withdraw for personal and financial reasons


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