Health Breakdown Among Indigenous Populations

Course code NURS3198Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Nursing and Midwifery

Examines socio-political factors affecting health among indigenous peoples. Health issues among Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are compared with those of another indigenous population. Health breakdown situations common among indigenous peoples including renal failure, type 1 diabetes and disorders affecting sight and hearing are examined. Concepts that underpin community health are central. Culturally appropriate nursing care is examined, including working collaboratively with Aboriginal health care workers.

This course is a Compulsory Program Component and students must pass in order to progress in the Bachelor of Nursing program

Not available in 2015

Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesCompleting the learning activities for this course should enable the student to:
1. Analyse the relationships among factors that influence the health of indigenous peoples;
2. Compare health and health breakdown profiles for Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with the profiles of the indigenous people from another country;
3. Apply knowledge of the pathophysiology of cardiac disease, type 1 and type 2 diabetes, renal failure, liver failure, otitis media, trachoma and cataracts to develop appropriate nursing strategies for the prevention and treatment of these disorders;
4.Plan and implement care for clients that reflects an understanding of the impact of health breakdown, including psychosocial dimensions of the illness experience on the client and significant others.
5. Apply knowledge related to transplant of human organs and tissues;
6. Apply an evidenced based approach to the assessment and nursing care of clients experiencing illness;
7. Develop an understanding of culturally appropriate nursing strategies for Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people;
8. Apply principles of community health nursing to develop a health care plan for an identified community need;
9. Discuss continuity of care and the relationships between institutional and community health services for clients.
ContentHealth indicators among indigenous populations
Community health
Primary health care
Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health
Other indigenous peoples' health
Social and political factors influencing health
Psychosocial factors influencing health - 'sorry time'
Health promotion
Primary health care
Health care for indigenous people
Type 1 diabetes
Type 2 diabetes
Renal failure, dialysis and transplant
Otitis media
Trachoma and cataract
Collaborative activities with health workers
Culturally appropriate health care
Replacing Course(s)N/A
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNURS2182 Prudence in Nursing Practice
Modes of DeliveryFlexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsClinical
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsHealth assessment
Examination: Formal
Other: (please specify)Clinical Portfolio. Note: Satisfactory clinical performance is essential to achieve a pass or higher grade in this course.
Contact HoursClinical: for 64 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
Tutorial: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 6 weeks
Laboratory: for 7 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
Lecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentBachelor of Nursing
Prior successful completion of HUBS1401, NURS1171, NURS1181, HUBS1416, NURS1272, NURS1291, NURS1292, NURS2182, NURS2194 & NURS2296
National Police Check,
Working with Children and Young People Declaration,
Current NSW Health Immunization record,
Patient Confidentiality Form,
Compulsory Course ComponentOHS-Criminal Record Check
Compulsory Course ComponentOHS-Prohibited Employment Declaration
Compulsory Program ComponentAll 1000 level BN courses and NURS2182 and NURS2194. No unresolved unsatisfactory clinical reports in previous clinical placements