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Research participants needed: Examination of recruitment and support practices for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in health studies

NCSEHE Equity Fellow Dr Andrea Simpson is conducting a project looking at how we can best support First Nations students in health studies.

Andrea is seeking the views of higher education staff in student admissions/student support/Indigenous support/Indigenous engagement and/or course coordination via a 15-minute online survey.

If you have more than 15 minutes and are keen, Andrea would love to chat to you in person.

The research is being conducted by La Trobe University to learn more about best practice in the recruitment of and support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. This information is hoped to assist us in ensuring that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students receive the support, information and care required to complete their tertiary studies and ultimately increase the number of health professionals required to meet the health needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.

Taking part in this research study is optional. We are looking for people who want to take part in this research and who are:

  • working in the high education or vocational educational sectors, and
  • have experience in student admissions, course/program delivery, or student support services.

If you decide to take part in the research, you may choose to participate via an online survey, individual online interview, or online focus group. You may choose to participate in one, two or all three of these options. If you choose to participate in one or more of these activities, we would:

Ask you to complete an online survey using this link:

Pathways Health

The survey should take approximately 15 minutes of your time. You may choose to stop the survey at any time by closing your browser, and/or

  • Ask you to participate in an interview using an online platform (Zoom). The interview should take approximately 30 minutes of your time. You may choose to stop the interview at any time by closing your browser, and/or
  • Ask you to participate in an online focus group using an online platform (Zoom) with between four to six other people. The focus group should take approximately 45 minutes of your time. You may choose to stop participating at any time by closing your browser.

If you would like more information about the project or to express interest in participating in either an interview or focus group please contact: Dr. Andrea Simpson, a.simpson@latrobe.edu.au, 03 9479 1821

This research has been reviewed and approved by The La Trobe University Human Research Ethics Committee. If you have any complaints or concerns about the research study please email humanethics@latrobe.edu.au or phone +61 3 9479 1443 quoting the following number HEC20134.

Taking part in this research study is voluntary. You may choose not to take part. If you decide not to take part in this research, your decision will not affect your relationship with La Trobe University.

Please feel free to forward this invitation to colleagues.

Posted 6 July 2020 Posted in General, Indigenous, NCSEHE Equity Fellows

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