Dr Maria Amalia Pesantes

This project will involve studying the process of incorporating indigenous perspectives on health into the medical curricula in Australia and the key lessons learned from such process

Economy: Peru

Partnering Australian Institution: Melbourne University  

Project Title: Indigenous health perspectives in medical school: The Australian experience and its implications for Peru

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Project Outline:

I will study the process of incorporating indigenous perspectives on health into the medical curricula in Australia and the key lessons learned from such process. This study will provide relevant insights for indigenous organizations in Peru who are advocating for the recognition of their medical practices by state institutions.

Reasons for applying for fellowship:

Both Australia and Peru have indigenous population. They face significant health challenges that require novel intercultural approaches. The APEC fellowship will give me the opportunity of learning from the Australian experience in improving indigenous people’s health through the recognition and promotion of indigenous medical knowledge.