Other Top Tips

 

1. Cultural awareness training before you go! Try to get something specific to the region or liaise with contacts from the school. Appendix 9 has some tips for where to go for resources.

2. Talk about health generally. Ask the kids what might cause ‘sugar sickness’ (diabetes) or what can hurt our hearts to make it interactive. Try to confirm what terms that community uses for specific diseases. 

  1. 3. In terms of talking about different health professionals, try to keep the conversation centred on who the students might have met in their community - Aboriginal Health Workers, doctors (especially RFDS doctors), nurses, physios, OTs. 

  1. 4. Long, complex problem-based sessions might be a bit challenging with younger kids.  

  1. 5. Use the teachers and get them involved too! It’s their class - they know them best. 

  1. 6. Language barriers are difficult and frustrating but hands-on tools are a great icebreaker.  

  1. 7. Invite the local health professional along - Aboriginal Health Worker, Nurse Practitioner, Elder.  

  1. 8. Don’t be afraid to get messy! Plastering is a great hands-on activity and is best done outside. Be careful of burns however - never use hot or warm water to make plaster of Paris! 

  1. 9. It’s common and mildly disheartening with students running off during the session - they may not be disinterested but simply shy. 

  1. 10. Sport (e.g. AFL or NRL) Brush up on the latest happenings and you’d be amazed at what a great icebreaker some trivia can be.