脑膜炎球菌病(MD)是一种严重的疾病, 疫苗可预防的传染病, 结果是43例, 以及2017年6名西澳大利亚人的死亡. Western Australia (WA) has recently seen an increase in the number of MD cases, 到目前为止，2022年报告了8例病例 . 社区中的一些群体患MD的风险增加, 包括青少年, 谁的鼻咽运输率最高.
的 阿曼达杨基金会 (AYF) is a not-for-profit community organisation dedicated to reducing deaths from MD. 的 foundation was formed in 1998 following the tragic death of Amanda Young from 脑膜炎球菌败血症 在18岁的时候. A key focus of the AYF is to increase young people’s education and awareness of MD and is the premise behind creating a free downloadable application.
的 MIApp project was concerned with the development and evaluation of an educational app about MD and was joint-funded with Lotterywest, 西澳大利亚卫生部, Amanda Young基金会和Edith Cowan大学(188bet金宝搏官网登录) . MIApp was developed in collaboration by academics across 188bet金宝搏官网登录’s 学校 of 医疗 and 健康科学, 科学与教育.
的 primary aim of the study was to measure changes in knowledge and attitudes towards meningococcal carriage and disease, 使用新创建的应用程序, MIApp. 的 project also assessed the acceptability, usability, and the overall student experience of MIApp.
的 research measured effectiveness of MIApp in improving students’ knowledge about MD, compared with students receiving in-class educational presentations about MD, which had been the primary mode of student education offered by the AYF. Participants either played the game or received a face-to-face presentation from the AYF (control group), 在一节课上. Students answered a questionnaire to assess their level of knowledge of meningococcal prior to the session, 之后又是这样, 评估他们的进步.
在2021年, MIApp research trials were conducted among 700 students from Years 7 to 10, 在西澳大利亚的六所高中. Evaluation showed a significant improvement in key knowledge of MD was demonstrated by both groups. MIApp has proven to be an interactive and highly engaging educational app. 该课程现在可向西澳地区和偏远地区的学生提供, and across Australia with important knowledge of meningococcal infection to help protect from this rare but life-threatening infectious disease.
MIApp是一个创新的产品, 为7至10岁学生开发的教育游戏, to raise awareness and bring to life the realities of meningococcal infection. Players engage with learning content to solve the source of an infection. 向学生介绍传染病的内容, MD, “健康携带者”的概念, 感染的体征和症状以及预防保健策略.
A Teaching and Learning Resource package and Extended User Guide have been developed to accompany MIApp, and support educators in the teaching and learning of meningococcal awareness and prevention in secondary schools. 的se resources are curriculum-aligned to address content in the Western Australian Health and Physical 教育 Curriculum and the Australian Curriculum – Health and Physical 教育 (Version 8.4)中学7、8、9和10年. 的 recommended best-use of these resources is to incorporate all three lessons with MIApp gameplay.
的 newly created app and associated Teaching and Learning Resource are now available for educators to download from the 阿曼达·杨基金会网站.
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