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Table 4 Undergraduate midwifery student responses to statements about Aboriginal-related issues (adapted from Paul, Carr and Milroy [10])

From: Exploring undergraduate midwifery students’ readiness to deliver culturally secure care for pregnant and birthing Aboriginal women

Social priority statements Undergrad responses % N = 40
Agree Disagree Neither
The state of Aboriginal health is a social priority. 97.5 2.5 0
Trust is a key for culturally secure health care. 95.0 2.5 2.5
Feeling intimidated is a barrier to culturally secure health care. 95.0 2.5 2.5
Health service delivery statements    
The Western medical model suits the health needs of Aboriginal peoples. 7.5 82.5 10.0
The state of Aboriginal health is mainly due to a lack of funding for health services. 22.5 52.5 5.0
Aboriginal people have the same level of access to health services as all other Australians. 20.0 67.5 12.5
Community control in Aboriginal health care services is fundamental to the improvement of health for Aboriginal people. 75.0 7.5 17.5
Aboriginal people should take more individual responsibility for improving their own health. 80.0 2.5 17.5
Preparedness and ability statements    
I think it will be difficult to get Aboriginal women to adhere to advice from health professionals. 62.5 10.0 27.5
I think I have the ability to communicate with Aboriginal women by myself. 62.5 10.0 27.5
I need to think beyond the individual when considering Aboriginal health issues. 92.5 0 7.5
The information I learned in the Indigenous Cultures and Health unit changed my views on Aboriginal issues. 65.0 12.5 22.5
It is important that a unit on Indigenous Cultures and Health is compulsory in all health science courses. 90.0 5.0 5.0
Future commitment statements    
I will work for improvements in Aboriginal health as a personal priority in my health practice. 70.0 5.0 25.0
I have a social responsibility to work for changes in Aboriginal health. 80.0 5.0 15.0