19. The Menindee method
Watch the Menindee method http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ZKaOcV4AiVw
Question 1: 150 words
Jan, one of the Aboriginal elders in the TV program, described education for their children as something they would fight for. Despite entrenched problems with absenteeism and low academic outcomes they expected that their children would go onto finish year 11 and 12 and further studies.
Developing programs to improve Aboriginal children?s participation rates at school may seem to be unrelated to health and health promotion. However, a person?s level of education is known to influence health outcomes and, as such, education is considered a social determinant of health.
With reference to the ?Menindee method? project profiled in the TV program explain the role of education as a determinant of health.
Question 2: 200 words
In the TV program Jan also stated that ?We do not expect anything less for our kids just because we?re in a remote country town.? Living in a remote location is known to contribute to inequity of access to health and other services.
Identify factors associated with living in remote areas of Australia which may contribute to inequity of access to health and other services and discuss how they may impact on health outcomes for school age children and their families. In your answer you should discuss the relevant principles of PHC and refer to appropriate examples from the TV program to support your discussion.
Question 3: 200 words
The reporter in the TV program commented that a ?social network focused on the Menindee Central School? had been created. This type of intersectoral collaboration is essential to the success of primary health care interventions aimed at preventing and resolving health-related problems and promoting health.
Discuss intersectoral collaboration in the context of PHC and explain how intersectoral collaboration was used to promote the health of the Aboriginal students at Menindee Central School (in the TV program), their families and the community.
Question 4: 200 words
In the TV program an aboriginal elder from ?The Firm? explained that a lot of government polices don?t suit particular communities and that they advocated for ?local solutions to local problems.? This approach reflects the primary health care principle of community participation, whereby individuals and community groups are valued for their local knowledge and assisted to participate in decision making processes that affect them.
Identify examples from the TV program that exemplify this ?local solutions to local problems? approach.
Using these examples, explain how community participation can be used as a strategy for promoting health.
Question 5: Poster
The TV program describes a cultural exchange program that is operating in the Menindee Central School, where the students get to meet students from other cultures, including students from China, Japan, Cambodia and also Sydney. Such cultural exchange programs foster the development of cultural sensitivity which is an important principle in PHC.
Imagine you are on your clinical placement in a community health centre. Your facilitator has asked you to create a poster which conveys the values of cultural sensitivity within a PHC framework. The poster will be used to teach cultural sensitivity in preparation for cultural exchange program between students at Menindee Central School and a visiting group of students from a High School in