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.


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