The Indigenous Health Major builds on the Indigenous Health Minor to provide students with a complete context and understanding of the cultural and historical factors that need to be considered when developing and implementing health programs for Indigenous populations.
Students explore, analyse and deconstruct disciplinary and lived perspectives, impacts and outcomes for Indigenous individuals and communities in the 21st Century. Topics that are explored include history, human rights, traditional owners, sovereignty, governance and societal structures, and colonial systems of power, and how these influence the health outcomes of Indigenous populations and groups. In addition to this students will learn about and explore traditional health interventions used in Indigenous communities and their relationship to the conventional western medicine construct.
A group project will be presented through a United Nations type ‘mini summit’ and ‘final summit’ in relation to Indigenous health, representing discipline and multi-disciplinary approaches through detailed action plans.
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