Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitSchool of Rural Health
OfferedGippsland First semester 2014 (Day)
Gippsland First semester 2014 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Mr Hilton Gruis


This unit looks at the impact of colonisation and government legislation on the health and well being of Indigenous Australians. It also provides students with an overview of the complexity of Aboriginal health and ill health and examines access to health care systems and evaluates how Indigenous communities, remote, rural and urban practice self determination in the delivery of health care and well-being. The unit also moves the student from being a culturally aware to a culturally safe health professional.


At the conclusion of the Unit, students will be able to:

  1. Analyse the perspectives on health and well-being, and the social organisations of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other cultures.
  2. Discuss of the impact of colonisation and past and present policy on Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples' health at the organisational, community, and individual level.
  3. Describe different indigenous worldviews (at the international level), speaking positions and goals in relation to their health and well-being.
  4. Relate interdisciplinary perspectives to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples' health and well-being.
  5. Critically analyse information sources and be able to develop and sustain arguments in oral and written communication.


Online Short Answer Test (1000 words) 20%; Essay (2000 words) 30%; Two Hour Examination (2000 words) 40%; Tutorial Attendance and participation (80% attendance required) 10%.

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Workload requirements

2 hours lecture/tutorial per week.

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study