Aboriginal Health Practices

Course code ABOR2450Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Education and ArtsWollotuka School of Aboriginal Studies

Through extensive critical analysis this course explores why Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people remain the least healthy of all Australians. The course provides a comprehensive overview of government policies that have been suggested as effective interventions for improvement in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health. It explores the legacy of past policies and Governments Acts and identifies the impact of specific health issues/diseases in contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander society and describes the impact of these diseases on the most vulnerable groups in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander society.

All ABOR courses are constructed with the Wollotuka Institute's Cultural Standards Framework.

Available in 2015

On-Line from CallaghanSemester 2
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesOn successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. Analyse a range of government policies that have been aimed at improving the health status of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
2. Identify obstacles that may prevent Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from improving their health status.
3. Identify specific health issues/diseases that are relevant to contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander society and the impact of these diseases on vulnerable groups
4. Explore and discuss appropriate cultural interventions pertaining to specific health issues.
5. Explore contemporary issues that effect the health of well being of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
6. Demonstrate effective communication skills.
7. Explore concepts of group dynamics.
8. Promote self-evaluation of learning and the development of strategies that enhance learning outcomes.
Content- Government policies that have been put in place to improve the health status of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
- Use of and access to health services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
- Culturally appropriate resources regarding health issues.
- Impact of racism in relation to the health and well being of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
- Specific health issues/diseases related to specific populations.
- Culturally appropriate intervention strategies for specific health problems.
- Contemporary issues that effect the health and well being of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
- Concepts of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health - relationship and role of governments, government policies and Australian based companies.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeStudents need a basic understanding of Aboriginal society equivalent to ABOR1110
Modes of DeliveryDistance Learning : IT Based
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsEmail Discussion Group
Lecture
Tutorial
Assessment Items
Online Learning Activities2000 words or equivalent
Other: (please specify)Written Assessment 2000 words
Presentations - GroupGroup Project: Oral presentation - 1000 words equivalent 15%
Individual write up: 1500 words - 25%
Contact HoursLecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for ABOR2450