The launch of the Australian National Indigenous Health Curriculum Framework in 2004 has provided a framework and impetus for medical schools in Australia to include an Indigenous health curriculum in their medical courses. To ensure the efficacy of this work, a systematic evaluation of this curriculum needs to be carried out. This paper gives an outline of one shortterm evaluation of an Indigenous health curriculum in a child and adolescent health rotation.
Methods: A ‘before and after symposium’ written case method of an Indigenous child with severe chronic asthma was used to assess attention to medical, social, and cultural issues. A survey was used to evaluate student attitudes to the symposium.
Results: Fewer medical issues – as opposed to other kinds – were commented on in the post as opposed pre assessments.
Conclusions: The results indicated that some, but not all, of the learning objectives were being met, and that the intervention appears promising.