This course provides an opportunity for students to enhance their knowledge of historical and contemporary issues relevant to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
This course will explore the tenets of culturally capable and safe health practice and its development by exploring the dynamics between Australia's health practice and contemporary social and healthcare policies, and the current health status for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Availability2022 Course Timetables
- Semester 2 - 2022
On successful completion of the course students will be able to:
1. Discuss Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples history, cultural identity, beliefs and values with a particular focus on the burden of disease.
2. Explore the relationship between Australia's history of colonisation, relevant social and healthcare policy and the multiplicity of experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples including health status and life expectancy.
3. Identify key social determinants of health and their trends for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people including access, funding, housing, employment, infrastructure and education.
4. Identify and discuss ways of redressing health care inequities including the burden of illness for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
5. Discuss strategies that hold the potential to improve the burden of illness and life expectancy for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
6. Describe the principles of cultural capability and cultural safety in order to provide culturally competent health care to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. This must include identifying the impact of racism and effective communication strategies.
7. Examine and reflect on their personal lens and potential biases about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
8. Outline the principles of ethical research when working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people's cultural identity, beliefs and values, and health indicators;
- Colonisation and historical injustice;
- Social and healthcare policy;
- Social determinants;
- Cultural capability and responsiveness.
Quiz: Online Tutorial Quiz - 30%
Project: Health Project - Discussion Post - 30%
Project: Written Assessment - 40%
In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:
General Course Requirements:
- Tutorial: There is a compulsory attendance requirement in this course. - 3 Zoom sessions are compulsory to attend.
Online 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks
Lectures are internal and online
Self-Directed 2 hour(s) per Week for 9 Weeks
Online 2 hour(s) per Week for 3 Weeks
The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.