Evaluation of the pilot phase of an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Male Health Module

Komla Tsey, Philemon Chigeza, Carol A. Holden, Jack Bulman, Hilton Gruis, Mark Wenitong
2014 Australian Journal of Primary Health  
6 Objective: To evaluate the pilot phase of an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Male 7 Health Module. 8 9 Background: Although men experience higher levels of illness and die younger than 10 women, it is hard to find gender-based approaches to increase participation of 11 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander males in health care. Recognising this gap in 12 service provision, and under the guidance of a Reference Group comprising community 13 leaders in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Male
more » ... rres Strait Male Health, a comprehensive and culturally 14 appropriate Male Health Module has been developed that has been designed to enhance 15 the capacity of health workers to improve access to services for Aboriginal and Torres 16 Strait Islander males. 17 18 Methods: Methods used were: in-depth interviews with Module developers, pilot 19 workshops for trainers and health workers, questionnaires and focus group discussions 20 with workshop participants, participant observations. 21 22 Results: As well as enhancing capacity to facilitate access to health services for men, 23 the Module was deemed relevant because of its potential to promote health worker 24 empowerment and wellbeing. Findings revealed that improving access to services for 25 men required male and female health workers working in partnership. Despite overall 26 enthusiasm for the Module, the findings also revealed deep fear that it would end up 27 'collecting dust on shelves'. Strategies to improve the Module quality and accessibility 28 are highlighted. 29 30 31
doi:10.1071/py12033 pmid:23092601 fatcat:2vbpxcoibzbp3be27kdmsjodxe