Allied Health students have a new understanding of the importance of person centred care in our culturally and linguistically diverse populations.
Speech Pathologist Kristen Jones said an Allied Health Student Workshop, facilitated by Multicultural Resource Development and Training Officer Angel Bogicevic in collaboration with allied health clinical education support staff, was developed to help students understand the impact of culture and language on individuals in health care settings and to incorporate cultural and language issues and knowledge into clinical practice.
Kristen said it was also important students learnt how to elicit the cultural beliefs and values of the individual to ensure culturally safe and responsive care was provided.
“Thirteen students on placement across physiotherapy and speech pathology from Logan Hospital attended the workshop with many reporting since they had changed their thinking,” she said.
“The students told us they now recognise the importance of asking patients about their culture, how elements of care can be impacted by diverse cultural beliefs and how vital a holistic understanding of the patient is.”