The University of Newcastle, Australia
Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


This course is designed to provide future health service providers with a comprehensive understanding into current issues, status and policy toward bridging the gap in health inequity experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. The course examines the current health inequities in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in remote, rural and urban settings. Students will explore the principles underlying health inequity and policy direction as a priority of the Federal Government aim of Closing the Gap.


Not currently offered.

Replacing course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): ABOR3340. Students who have successfully completed ABOR3340 are not eligible to enrol in ABOR3450.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. An understanding of current Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health inequities and associated social disadvantages.

2. An analytical understanding of health policy and practice at a state and national level.

3. An understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health services within the overall policy of access.

4. An analytical understanding of fundamental theories of poverty and ill-health.

5. A range of academic skills in relation writing, oral presentation, critical thinking, research and analysis.


Students will explore the principles of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health inequities in a variety of settings, including remote, rural and urban sectors of Australia. A range of health problems including alcohol and substance misuse, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and mental health problems will be explored to highlight health policy.


This course replaces ABOR3340. If you have successfully completed ABOR3340 you cannot enrol in this course.

Assumed knowledge

ABOR1110 or equivalent introductory Aboriginal Studies course

Assessment items

Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Case Scenario/PBL exercises

Presentation: Presentations - Individual

Written Assignment: Essays / Written Assignments