Cultural awareness among Queensland undergraduate occupational therapy students

Rasmussen, Tanya M., Lloyd, Chris and Wielandt, Trish (2005) Cultural awareness among Queensland undergraduate occupational therapy students. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 52 4: 302-310. doi:10.1111/j.1440-1630.2005.00508.x

Author Rasmussen, Tanya M.
Lloyd, Chris
Wielandt, Trish
Title Cultural awareness among Queensland undergraduate occupational therapy students
Journal name Australian Occupational Therapy Journal   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0045-0766
Publication date 2005-12
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1440-1630.2005.00508.x
Volume 52
Issue 4
Start page 302
End page 310
Total pages 9
Editor J. Fricke
Place of publication Richmond, VIC, Australia
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Collection year 2005
Language eng
Subject C1
321024 Rehabilitation and Therapy - Occupational and Physical
730303 Occupational, speech and physiotherapy
Formatted abstract
Australia's cultural diversity generates substantial challenges and implications for students and health-care professionals. This study investigated the cultural perceptions and self-rated level of cultural competence of undergraduate occupational therapy students in Queensland, Australia.

Two hundred and ninety-three students completed the Cultural Awareness Questionnaire. The findings indicated that the majority of students have a positive attitude towards cultural differences and influences on occupational therapy services. Students also recognised the importance of cultural awareness and highlighted the need for increased incorporation of cultural information and experience throughout the undergraduate course.


The implications of this study are discussed with reference to the future academic planning of culturally sensitive occupational therapy course and fieldwork experiences.
Keyword Cultural awareness
Cultural competence
Occupational therapy students
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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