Publications & Reports

An evolving model for training and education in resource-poor settings: teaching health workers to fish.

Morgan CJ, Deutschmann PW
Centre for International Health, Macfarlane Burnet Institute for Medical Research and Public Health, GPO Box 2284, Melbourne, VIC 3001, Australia. [email protected]


Training and education of health workers remains an indispensable part of good health development in resource-poor settings. Many past training programs have failed to achieve significant gains in health outcomes because of poor selection of participants, inadequate methodology, and/or the influence of external factors in the health system or social environment. The solutions lie in better planning of “who” and “what” should be trained; effective methods based on adult learning principles; alternative methods that maximise learner input and locate training as close as possible to the workplace and its problems; appropriate inclusion of the community; and coordination with other health system interventions.


  • Journal: The Medical Journal of Australia
  • Published: 06/01/2003
  • Volume: 178
  • Issue: 1
  • Pagination: 21-25