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ABORIGINAL HEALTH WORKERS BOOK

Title : ABORIGINAL HEALTH WORKERS BOOK
Accession ID : B2002.4


Document type: Nursing Museum Book
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Description Illustrations in this booklet are the work of Therese Rose Bourke. Written for the Aboriginal Health workers of Garden point, Melville Island NT. Unit 2 part 1, diagram of the lungs on front cover. Hand drawn Aboriginal Health Workers Book The typed pages and illustrations are on heavy paper [card] and cardboard covers have plastic cover and the whole is held together with binder-ring. It is A4 size and in landscape format. Most of the pages show discolouration and the typed pages show some smudging of the black. Many of the illustrations seem to be in pencil and some of the printing is done with stencil rulers. Overall the book is in a delicate state.
Author(s) Health, NT department of . August 1975
Materials Heavy paper with cardboard cove and binder rings. Plastic cover.
Item Dates 1975
Significance note This Aboriginal Health Workers’ Book is an early teaching aid developed as the health worker [AHW] was formally recognised in Territory Health Services in the early 1970s. The initial proposal expected the clinic nurse to function as the tutor, with limited text supports and these usually unsuitable to the health worker with limited literacy. This booklet was written for the AHWs of Garden Point [Purlangimpi/Pularumpi] Melville Island, NT. It is dated August 1975 and from NT Health Department. The hand drawn illustrations are the work of Therese Rose Bourke. Only Unit 2 part 1 is in the collection and its cover has a diagram of the lungs on front cover as shown from the catalogue photograph on the left. Given the scarcity of early teaching aids and their rare survival plus the personalised touch with illustrations, this booklet is a unique example of a nurse’s tutorial role as the health worker was incorporated into and recognised as part of the NT health workforce.1. 1. See Eileen Willis 1985 Thesis: Servant of two masters: a study of the Aboriginal Health Worker Literacy program in the Southern Region of the Northern Territory, University of New England Servant of two masters: a study of the Aboriginal Health Worker Literacy program in the Southern Region of the Northern Territory, University of New England
Location Status Stored
Current Location Satchel F2
Source or Donor SCHOOL OF NURSING COLLECTION
Visual Condition Good
Physical Condition Good
Condition of Item on Receipt Fair/Used
Dimensions A4, landscape.


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