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Gold Coast Session 1,  2 Session 1,  2
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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Intermediate

Unit aim

Examines the conflicts between Indigenous healing practices and the mainstream health industry. The concepts of Indigenous wellbeing, spiritual integrity and community cohesion are explored, and the impact of colonisation on the health status of Indigenous peoples is analysed from historic and contemporary points of view. Aims to provide students with understanding and awareness of the socio-economic issues and cultural sensitivities required for delivery of effective and appropriate care by health workers and allied personnel.

Unit content

Theme 1 – A briefing in Indigenous issues

Topic 1 – Cultural Safety
Topic 2 – Policies- past and present
Topic 3 – Creating change

Theme 2 – Contemporary Health Issues

Topic 4 – Definitions of Health
Topic 5 – The relationship between socio-economic factors and the contemporary health status of Indigenous people
Topic 6 – Culture, values and beliefs
Topic 7 – The concept of well-being as practised by Indigenous Australian people
Topic 8 – Making contact with Indigenous people
Topic 9 – Reflecting upon your role

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

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On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 discuss key concepts of health and wellbeing as determined by Aboriginal people
2 identify key stages of the colonisation process and its relationship to the contemporary health status of Australian Indigenous people
3 analyse the relationship between socioeconomic factors and the contemporary health status of Australian Indigenous people
4 explain how primary health care and/or health promotion enhances the wellbeing of Indigenous people
5 discuss the health professional's role as an agent of social change.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. discuss key concepts of health and wellbeing as determined by Aboriginal people
    • GA1:
    • GA2:
    • GA7:
  2. identify key stages of the colonisation process and its relationship to the contemporary health status of Australian Indigenous people
    • GA1:
    • GA2:
    • GA7:
  3. analyse the relationship between socioeconomic factors and the contemporary health status of Australian Indigenous people
    • GA1:
    • GA2:
    • GA7:
  4. explain how primary health care and/or health promotion enhances the wellbeing of Indigenous people
    • GA1:
    • GA2:
    • GA7:
  5. discuss the health professional's role as an agent of social change.
    • GA1:
    • GA2:
    • GA7:

Prescribed texts

  • Taylor, K & Guerin, P, 2014, Health Care and Indigenous Australians Cultural safety in practice, 2nd edn, Palgrave Macmillan, South Yarra, Vic.

  • Taylor, K & Guerin, P, 2014, Health Care and Indigenous Australians Cultural safety in practice, 2nd edn, Palgrave Macmillan, South Yarra, Vic.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.