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Enviornmental health officers' understanding about an Aboriginal environemental health worker program in the Northern Territory

Clark, Diane J. (1999). Enviornmental health officers' understanding about an Aboriginal environemental health worker program in the Northern Territory. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health,23:93-94.

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Title Enviornmental health officers' understanding about an Aboriginal environemental health worker program in the Northern Territory
Author Clark, Diane J.
Journal Name Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health
Publication Date 1999
Volume Number 23
ISSN 1326 0200   (check CDU catalogue  open catalogue search in new window)
Start Page 93
End Page 94
Total Pages 2
Place of Publication Australia
Publisher Public Health Association of Australia
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DEST)
Abstract Objective: To explore environmental health officers' (EHOs) perception that a program to train Aboriginal people as environmental health workers in 10 remote Northern Territory communities was not operating well.

Method: Phenomenography, an approach within the qualitative domain, was used to explore 15 EHOs' understanding about the program during 1996-97. Respondents came from four of the Territory's five operational districts.

Results: Respondents were unclear about worker roles and responsibilities within the program. Perceptions about their own skills as trainers in a cross-cultural context inhibited their abilities to support the program effectively.

Conclusions: Addressing the support, orientation and professional development needs of EHOs will enhance program effectiveness.

Implications:
Support staff should be adequately prepared and trained before a new program is commenced.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-842X.1999.tb01212.x   (check subscription with CDU E-Gateway service for CDU Staff and Students  check subscription with CDU E-Gateway in new window)
 
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