Gold CoastSession 1,2Session 1,2
OnlineSession 1,2N/A

Unit description

Examines the conflicts between Indigenous healing practices and the mainstream health industry. The concepts of Indigenous wellbeing, spiritual integrity and community cohesion are explored, and the impact of colonisation on the health status of Indigenous peoples is analysed from historic and contemporary points of view. Aims to provide students with understanding and awareness of the socio-economic issues and cultural sensitivities required for delivery of effective and appropriate care by health workers and allied personnel.

Unit content

Theme 1 – A briefing in Indigenous issues

Topic 1 – Cultural Safety
Topic 2 – Policies- past and present
Topic 3 – Creating change

Theme 2 – Contemporary Health Issues

Topic 4 – Definitions of Health
Topic 5 – The relationship between socio-economic factors and the contemporary health status of Indigenous people
Topic 6 – Culture, values and beliefs
Topic 7 – The concept of well-being as practised by Indigenous Australian peoples
Topic 8 – Working with Indigenous peoples
Topic 9 – Reflecting upon your role

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • Taylor, K & Guerin, P, 2014, Health Care and Indigenous Australians: cultural safety in practice, 2nd edn, Palgrave Macmillan, South Yarra, Vic.

Session 2

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Gold Coast

Teaching method
Workshop on-site 2 hours (fortnightly)
online presentation 25%
Exam: take home35%


Teaching method
Tutorial online 2 hours (fortnightly)
online presentation 25%
Exam: take home35%

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