A community-based sports massage course for Aboriginal health workers
Vindigni, D., Parkinson, L., Walker, B., Rivett, D.A., Blunden, S. and Perkins, J. (2005) A community-based sports massage course for Aboriginal health workers. Australian Journal of Rural Health, 13 (2). pp. 111-115.
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Objective: To pilot a community-based and owned sports massage course for Aboriginal health workers (AHWs).
Design: Descriptive, pilot educational intervention study.
Setting: Rural, Indigenous Australian community.
Subjects: AHWs working in a rural community.
Main outcome measures: Cultural and logistical acceptability of the program to AHWs.
Results: The course was delivered within a culturally acceptable framework with applicability for the evaluation of sports massage skills and knowledge changes in a larger sample.
Conclusion: The sports massage course demonstrated its applicability in this rural Aboriginal community and it has the potential to be adapted and adopted in other similar settings.
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