The Critical Reflection Tool (CRT) is a mechanism for medical schools to internally reflect on their progress with regards to Indigenous Health education and the recruitment and retention of Indigenous medical students. It is located on the LIME Network website and currently exists in an interactive PDF form, enabling multiple staff members within a medical school to contribute to its composition.
It was developed by Medical Deans in recognition of the fact that very few medical schools had substantial experience with Indigenous Health medical education. Its purpose is to help medical schools develop and implement Indigenous Health programs to suit the specific circumstances of their institution. A Working Party consisting of Indigenous and non-Indigenous medical educators and representatives from the Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association (AIDA) was established to inform the development of the tool.
The CRT is intended to promote discussion within medical schools about existing processes, barriers to implementation and the strengths and weaknesses of Indigenous Health education. The CRT is designed to encourage a whole-of-school participatory approach to Indigenous Health education.
A pilot study was conducted in 2008 investigating the use of the CRT in five medical schools. Following this trial, the CRT was launched online.