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LocationDomesticInternational
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.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to:GA1GA2GA3GA4GA5GA6GA7
1discuss key concepts of health and wellbeing as determined by Aboriginal people Intellectual rigourCreativityCultural competence
2identify key stages of the colonisation process and its relationship to the contemporary health status of Australian Indigenous people Intellectual rigourCreativityCultural competence
3analyse the relationship between socioeconomic factors and the contemporary health status of Australian Indigenous peopleIntellectual rigourCreativityCultural competence
4explain how primary health care and/or health promotion enhances the wellbeing of Indigenous people Intellectual rigourCreativityCultural competence
5discuss the health professional's role as an agent of social change. Intellectual rigourCreativityCultural competence

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. discuss key concepts of health and wellbeing as determined by Aboriginal people
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  2. identify key stages of the colonisation process and its relationship to the contemporary health status of Australian Indigenous people
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  3. analyse the relationship between socioeconomic factors and the contemporary health status of Australian Indigenous people
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  4. explain how primary health care and/or health promotion enhances the wellbeing of Indigenous people
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  5. discuss the health professional's role as an agent of social change.
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA7: Cultural competence

Prescribed texts

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Teaching and assessment

Teaching method
Workshop on-site 2 hours (fortnightly)
Assessment
online presentation 25%
Essay40%
Exam: take home35%

Teaching method
Tutorial online 2 hours (fortnightly)
Assessment
online presentation 25%
Essay40%
Exam: take home35%
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Fee information

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