The origins of health behaviours are located in a complex range of environmental socioeconomic, family and community factors. A number of studies have found that between one-third and one-half of the health gap between Indigenous Australians and non-Indigenous Australians is associated with differences in socioeconomic indicators such as education, employment and income. In this unit, students develop the knowledge and understanding of measures such as community functioning that show that Indigenous Australians draw strength from a range of health determinants such as connectedness to family, land, culture and identity. Students also investigate the impact of settlement / invasion and the pathways from racism to ill health that have led to cultural and social impacts on Indigenous individuals and communities. Students reflect on their own cultural understandings and are asked to critique a range of policy and professional practice processes. They delve into the epidemiological profile of Indigenous health in contemporary Australia and gain skills and competencies to collaborate and work with Indigenous Australians.

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For HBSD students only - 96 credit points of First Year core HBSD units.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate knowledge of the impact of colonial settlement on the cultural, health and social outcomes of different Indigenous populations;  
  2. Describe how different policy approaches and practices have shaped and framed cultural, health and social outcomes for Indigenous communities;  
  3. Demonstrate a clear understanding of the principal health issues confronting Indigenous communities; and  
  4. Recognise the importance of culturally appropriate and culturally safe nursing and health services and modes of delivery for Indigenous populations.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Essay Group essay (500 words) 30%
Case Study Written assessment (1000 words) 40%
Presentation Group video presentation 30%
To gain an overall pass in this unit, students must achieve an aggregate score of 50% and attempt all assessments.

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