To critically reflect on how your own culture, life experiences, worldview and dominant cultural paradigms, influences perceptions of, and interactions with, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in health care.

To critically reflect on how your own culture, life experiences, worldview and dominant cultural paradigms, influences perceptions of, and interactions with, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in health care.
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Task description:
Part A
Create a concept map that identifies the key themes of one capability that has impacted on you in the First Peoples Health and Practice course. Write a reflection describing how and why this capability has had an impact on you.
Part B
Write a critical reflective essay on the concept map completed in Part A using the Critical Reflection Framework (Walker, Schultz & Sonn, 2014) provided in the ‘assessment resource’ folder.
This framework will assist you to address the following:
1. Define and discuss the capability and its key themes.
2. Reflect on how your own culture(Chinese culture)(life experiences and worldview) and your professional culture, influences your understanding of the capability. Further reflect on how this influences
your perceptions of and interactions with Australia’s First Peoples in health care.
3. Analyse the viewpoints and assumptions of others and the dominant cultural paradigm relating to the capability and how this influences your perceptions of and interactions with Australia’s First Peoples in health care.
4. Discuss what you have learnt from this reflective process and how this might contribute to your lifelong learning within your discipline.
5. Reflect on what you have learnt from undertaking this Critical Reflection Process including the potential this process has to transform your practice within your discipline.

Assessment Two – Critical Reflection Framework
Assessment Two – Part A
1. Create a concept map that identifies the key themes of one capability that has impacted on you in the First Peoples
Health and Practice course (3121MED). Write a reflection describing how and why this capability has had an impact on
you.
Mapping helps to draw links between different perspectives and ideas to reveal how taken- for-granted things fit together. It can
help to clarify the problem and situate it within the bigger picture (Walker, Schultz & Sonn, 2014).
2. Write a supporting paragraph (200 words maximum), in the first person, about why you chose this capability and what
your perceptions are relating to this capability. No references are required for Part A.
Questioning helps us to generate new knowledge about ourselves, others, the context and their interconnecting influences.
Questions should uncover things such as: reasons, factors, links, possibilities, intentions, consequences, feelings (how others feel
and why) (Walker, Schultz & Sonn, 2014).
Assessment Two – Part B
Use the Critical Reflective Framework below (adapted from Walker, Schultz & Sonn, 2014) to complete Part B of your assessment.
Critical reflection is a process to assist health professionals to develop a clearer understanding of their roles and the power relations operating
within their work and to develop strategies to address the issues and concerns they are facing. As practitioners, we need to consider how our
own social, cultural and professional positioning will influence the relations we have with people who seek our assistance in any context. The
process of critical reflection is a powerful tool for producing new knowledge and processes, and has the potential to improve fundamental
social justice outcomes for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people. In reflecting on these elements, we become more conscious of the
power that inheres in our own practice in order to democratise relationships, interactions and processes and to promote a culturally secure
process and environment that will improve health and wellbeing outcomes for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander clients and
communities.
1 Define Define and discuss the capability and its key themes.
Defining and discuss the capability and its key themes in detail, providing examples. This means identifying issues that
require further exploration and/or evaluation.
2 Reflection Reflect how your own culture, which includes your life experiences and worldview, as well as your professional
culture, influences your understanding of the capability you have chosen. Further reflect how this influences your
perceptions and interactions with Australia’s First Peoples in health care.
Critical reflection takes place formally or informally between the practitioner’s personal experience and the shared
understandings, discipline, knowledge and professional rules and practices that inform their experience. These different
perspectives are underpinned by values and assumptions that may differ substantially from, and challenge, you both
personally and professionally. Approaching critical reflection helps us to work through our own mental processes and to
see other perspectives we might not come up with on our own.
3 Analysing Analyse the viewpoints and assumptions of others and the dominant cultural paradigm relating to the capability and
how this influences your perceptions of and interactions with Australia’s First Peoples in health care.
This requires you looking behind what’s happening for underlying issues, causes and effects. Identifying other’s
viewpoints, assumptions and deconstructing the specific issue. Analysis helps make meaning of the issue in practice at
both a personal and professional level. It involves reading widely, talking with relevant people, and ‘stepping into the
shoes’ of clients/others to see how situations and ideas appear for them.
4 Learning Discuss what you have learnt from this reflective process and how this might contribute to your lifelong learning
within your discipline.
What are the implications for lifelong and transformative learning, partnerships and relationships with Australia’s First
Peoples within your professional practice? It will help to identify how your own viewpoints may have altered and have
the potential to transform your understanding about your own practice.
Reference
Walker, R., Schultz, C., & Sonn, C. (2014). Cultural Competence – Transforming Policy, Services, Programs and Practice. Dudgeon, P., Milroy, Walker, R. (Eds.).
Working Together: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health and Wellbeing Principles and Practice (pp. 195 – 220).

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