The Critical Reflection Tool (CRT)

What is the CRT?

The CRT is a dynamic document that addresses broad contextual issues that impact on Indigenous health curriculum development. The CRT can be understood as a management tool for faculties and schools where responsibility for Indigenous health is shared across the organisation. Its purpose is to support medical schools implement, monitor and sustain a nationally agreed Indigenous health curriculum framework and to adopt initiatives related to Indigenous student recruitment, retention and support.

The CRT is designed to encourage internal reflection, critical thinking, a review of current practice, and a focus on future planning among Australian and New Zealand medical faculties/schools. It is intended that the CRT will stimulate internal discussion that allows faculties/schools to identify areas of strength and areas that need improvement to identify the drives for, and barriers to change, and what ought to be done next and why.The tool has been designed to encourage coordination and a ‘whole-of-school partnership approach.

It is not intended that the CRT be an evaluation or reporting tool, but an internal working document that allows for reflection on progress. Such a reflective process may assist in developing learning and collegiate culture that will improve Indigenous health teaching and learning outcomes.

Who developed the CRT?

The CRT was developed by the Medical Deans Indigenous Health Project Staff with the assistance of a Working Party comprised of Indigenous and non-Indigenous academics and Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association (AIDA) representatives.

Download the Medical Deans Indigenous Health Project Critical Reflection Tool (Pilot Study)

What are the CRT key references?

The CRT draws upon and refers to three key documents:

  1. CDAMS Indigenous Health Curriculum Framework
  2. Healthy Futures: Defining Best Practice in the Recruitment and Retention of Indigenous Medical Students
  3. The Australian Medical Council (AMC) Guidelines: Assessment and Accreditation of Medical Schools: Standards and Procedures 2006

The CRT provides prompts for structured responses to key questions in order to assist in implementing the principles and guidelines recommended by these documents.

For further information about the CRT contact Odette Mazel at omazel@unimelb.edu.au

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