Louise McCuaig and Alison Nelson (2012) Engaging Indigenous students through school-based health education, AIHW, Australian Government, accessed 11 June 2023.
Louise McCuaig and Alison Nelson. (2012). Engaging Indigenous students through school-based health education. Canberra: AIHW.
Louise McCuaig and Alison Nelson. Engaging Indigenous students through school-based health education. AIHW, 2012.
Louise McCuaig and Alison Nelson. Engaging Indigenous students through school-based health education. Canberra: AIHW; 2012.
Louise McCuaig and Alison Nelson 2012, Engaging Indigenous students through school-based health education, AIHW, Canberra.
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Health education strategies and practices are critical to improving the health and wellbeing of Indigenous Australians. Schools in particular are ideal sites for health promotion activities because of their close and regular student-teacher contact; coverage of formative years; sustained and reinforced program delivery; and the capacity to capture all children, irrespective of socioeconomic status, ethnicity or location. This resource sheet examines the delivery of school-based health education for Indigenous students in Australian schools and effective strategies that support positive health outcomes for Indigenous students. It outlines what works, what doesn't, and what further research is needed.
Quality teaching and teachers lie at the heart of initiatives that have successfully enhanced Indigenous students’ health and education performance. Positive health outcomes can be achieved when health education programs are:
Past and current initiatives seeking to reduce the educational and health disparities of Indigenous youth have provided some clear indications of what does not work. These sub-optimal programs are typically characterised by:
There are significant gaps in our knowledge about what works, for whom and in what circumstances. Currently, we have gaps in our understanding about:
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