This suite of tools has been developed by the Leaders in Indigenous Medical Education (LIME) Network to assist schools to internally review and map their Indigenous health initiatives across the areas of workforce development, student recruitment and retention, research, community partnerships and curriculum development and implementation.
Based on the Australian Medical Council (AMC): Accreditation Standards for Assessment and Accreditation of Primary Medical Education Providers, and the Committee of Deans of Australian Medical School (now Medical Deans Australia and New Zealand) Indigenous Health Curriculum Framework 2004 (IHCF), the tools aim to:
- Assist with preparation for AMC accreditation
- Assist with mapping Indigenous health curriculum using the IHCF
- Assist with tracking progress of Indigenous health initiatives over time
- Provide the opportunity to advocate for the development, retention and sustainability of Indigenous health initiatives
- Provide a shared language relating to Indigenous health initiatives across all medical schools in line with the IHCF
There are three tools that schools may choose to utilise together or separately at any time to assist in developing and/or reviewing their Indigenous health initiatives:
- Periodic Systemic Review of Indigenous Health
- Indigenous Health Curriculum Mapping Tool: Academic
- Indigenous Health Curriculum Mapping Tool: Student
Once the tools have been completed, a summary of the outcomes as well as the results are provided to the user who can also export the results into an excel spreadsheet. When the tools are used over time, it is possible to compare results to see where improvements have been made and where the gaps in content remain.