This unit describes the communication and work practice skills and knowledge required to work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the health industry context. It deals specifically with cross-cultural awareness and issues involving working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals, organisations and communities.

Unit details

Study level:
Vocational and further education (TAFE)
Unit code:
HLTHIR404D

Assessment

Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce and extend knowledge and skill competence within set and controlled parameters in accordance with each competency unit's learning outcomes and performance criteria requirements, including the setting of project and work based practical application tasks designed to provide evidence of competence outcomes, within periodic and scheduled timelines. Students will be expected to demonstrate the following required skills: - Advocate for anti racism; - Demonstrate respect for a person and their culture; - Form effective relationships with a person from another culture; - Form mutual mentoring arrangements with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people; - Participate in developing and implementing strategies for sharing power and facilitating participation, self-determination and self-control by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities; - Participate in identifying and implementing culturally safe work practices; - Reflect on actions and events to make and maintain cross cultural relationships; - Reflect on self and make changes to work in a cross cultural context; - Sensitively and respectfully communicate in a cross cultural context; - Use cultural safety approaches.
Assessment type Description Grade
Reflective Journal journal based on visit to ATS community group. Yes/No
Demonstration Skills and knowledge demonstrated Yes/No
Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - An understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and history, the impact of European settlement, loss of land and culture, the importance of law and kinship; - Appreciation of cultural shock and its impact on health and well being; - Basic understanding and awareness of the differences between cultures, particularly the cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and others; - Factors which contribute to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ill health and common diseases experienced by these groups of people; - Knowledge of availability of interpreter resources; - Relevant legislation and policies, which may include: - codes of practice; - commonwealth, and/or territory/state legislation; - community standards and regulations; - organisation's policies and practices; - Understanding and awareness of the diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures; - Understanding and awareness of the social, political and economic issues affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people; - Understanding of own culture, western systems and structures and how this impacts on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures; - Understanding of past and present power relations and its impact on the workplace and communities; - Understanding of racism and discrimination, and laws pertaining to these issues.

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