About the LIME Accreditation Tools

This suite of tools has been developed by the Leaders in Indigenous Medical Education (LIME) Network to assist schools to internally review and map their Indigenous health initiatives across the areas of workforce development, student recruitment and retention, research, community partnerships and curriculum development and implementation.

There are three tools that schools may choose to utilise together or separately at any time, to assist in developing and/or reviewing their Indigenous health initiatives:

  • Periodic Systemic Review of Indigenous Health;
  • Indigenous Health Curriculum Mapping Tool: Academic;
  • Indigenous Health Curriculum Mapping Tool: Student.

Based on the Australian Medical Council (AMC): Accreditation Standards for Assessment and Accreditation of Primary Medical Education Providers, and the Committee of Deans of Australian Medical School (now Medical Deans Australia and New Zealand) Indigenous Health Curriculum Framework 2004 (IHCF), the tools aim to:

  • Assist with preparation for AMC accreditation;
  • Assist with mapping Indigenous health curriculum using the IHCF;
  • Assist with tracking progress of Indigenous health initiatives over time;
  • Provide the opportunity to advocate for the development, retention and sustainability of Indigenous health initiatives;
  • Provide a shared language relating to Indigenous health initiatives across all medical schools in line with the IHCF.

Once the tools have been completed, a summary of the results are provided. The user can also export the results as a PDF or spreadsheet for further use. When the tools are used over time, it is possible to compare results to see where improvements have been made and where the gaps in content remain.

The Indigenous Health Curriculum Mapping Tool: Student is available as a word document only on your Dashboard. Use of this survey should be managed by individual medical schools in accordance with site specific protocols with regard to capturing student feedback.

These tools are intended to be for internal review and to encourage an honest appraisal of Indigenous health initiatives within the school. All data will be the property of each medical school and is password protected. However, the LIME Network may request results from the schools to collate anonymously in order to analyse the data and to track improvements and identify gaps.

 

Background

The Indigenous Health Curriculum Framework (IHCF) was developed to provide medical schools with a set of guidelines for success in developing and delivering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health content in core medical education. Medical schools are now required to report on the implementation of the IHCF as part of their regular accreditation requirements to the AMC.

The Critical Reflection Tool (CRT) was developed in 2007 as an internal qualitative review process to support medical schools in ensuring the quality and effectiveness of their Indigenous health curriculum and student support initiatives, with a focus on schools developing an understanding of the internal processes required to support these initiatives.

These LIME Accreditation Tools sit alongside the CRT to encourage improvements and recognise successes occurring in the field, and are aimed at schools seeking to improve on their efforts and achievements so far. The tools fill a gap in section four of the CRT, providing the opportunity to critically analyse the extent to which Indigenous health initiatives comply with the AMC Standards; where and how Indigenous health has been implemented into the curriculum; and student perceptions of how Indigenous health has been implemented into the curriculum.

These tools have been designed to encourage improvements and recognise the successes occurring in the field of Indigenous health and medical education.

 

The LIME Network

The Leaders in Indigenous Medical Education (LIME) Network is a program of Medical Deans Australia and New Zealand, funded by the Australian Government Department of Health.

LIME is a dynamic network dedicated to ensuring the quality and effectiveness of teaching and learning of Indigenous health in medical education, as well as best practice in the recruitment and graduation of Indigenous medical students. We seek to do this through establishing a continuing bi-national presence that encourages and supports collaboration within and between medical schools in Australia and Aotearoa/New Zealand and by building linkages with the community and other health science sectors.

The LIME Network recognises and supports the primacy of Indigenous leadership and knowledge.

Please note that the term ‘Indigenous’ is used on this page to acknowledge the Accreditation Tools’ applicability to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, as well as Māori, health education initiatives.