Advanced Diploma in Medical and Aboriginal Health Sciences

This course provides a dedicated pathway for mature-aged Indigenous students that prepares them for entry to the postgraduate professional health sciences offered at UWA.

Students engage with fundamental principals drawn from the following basic sciences: human biology, physiology, chemistry and biochemistry. In addition, an introduction to the social determinants of Indigenous health provides the contextual understanding for the successful application of contemporary health strategies.

Course overview

Course code
DA001
Intake periods
beginning of year and mid-year
Status
not available in 2018
Credit points required
72 (of which 24 points is advanced standing)
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
Attendance type
full- or part-time
Delivery mode
internal
Locations offered
UWA (Crawley)
Available to international students
No
Fees
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Enquiries and course advice

Course advice
Associate Professor Jasmine Lamb
Associate Professor
Centre for Aboriginal Medical and Dental Health (CAMDH)
6488 7266

Course structure

Note: This course is not available in 2018.

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; SS = summer teaching period; N/A = not available in 2018;
NS = non-standard teaching period; OS = offshore teaching period; * = to be advised

Take all units (48 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
N/AAHEA1101Aboriginal Health
N/AAHEA1102Communication and Research Methods
N/AAHEA1103Introduction to Human Biological Sciences I
Co-requisites:
AHEA1104 Introduction to Human Biological Sciences II
N/AAHEA1104Introduction to Human Biological Sciences II
Co-requisites:
AHEA1103 Introduction to Human Biological Sciences I
N/AAHEA2202Aboriginal Health Context and Application
Prerequisites:
AHEA1101 Aboriginal Health
N/AAHEA2203Advanced Human Biological Sciences I
Prerequisites:
AHEA1101 Aboriginal Health (or equivalent), and AHEA1103 Introduction to Human Biological Sciences I (or equivalent), and AHEA1104 Introduction to Human Biological Sciences II (or equivalent) and AHEA1102 Communication and Research Methods (or equivalent)
Co-requisites:
AHEA2204 Advanced Human Biological Sciences II
N/AAHEA2204Advanced Human Biological Sciences II
Prerequisites:
AHEA1101 Aboriginal Health (or equivalent) and AHEA1103 Introduction to Human Biological Sciences I (or equivalent) and AHEA1104 Introduction to Human Biological Sciences II (or equivalent) and AHEA1102 Communication and Research Methods (or equivalent)
Co-requisites:
AHEA2203 Advanced Human Biological Sciences I
N/AAHEA2205Human Sciences Research Project
Prerequisites:
AHEA1101 Aboriginal Health (or equivalent), and AHEA1103 Introduction to Human Biological Sciences I (or equivalent), and AHEA1104 Introduction to Human Biological Sciences II (or equivalent), and AHEA1102 Communication and Research Methods (or equivalent)

24 points of prior learning as recognised by the Faculty on the recommendation of the Director of the Centre for Aboriginal Medical and Dental Health

Pathways

Students graduating from this course are able to research and communicate effectively at a graduate level and are prepared for entry into postgraduate professional science studies.

It is expected that students completing this course would be suitably qualified to work in health policy work, community-based advocacy, research assistance, teaching assistance/instruction, or community health.

Rules

Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures

1.(1) The student procedures apply, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

Academic Conduct Essentials module

2.(1) Except as stated in (2), a student who enrols in this course for the first time irrespective of whether they have previously been enrolled in another course of the University, must undertake the Academic Conduct Essentials module (the ACE module).

(2) A student who has previously achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module is not required to repeat the module.

Admission

3. To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must—

(a) be of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Island descent and aged 20 years or older on 1 March in the year of entry to the course;

and

(b) have—

(i) formal prior educational achievement in primary health care at Australian Qualifications Framework Level 4 or above, or equivalent as recognised by the Faculty; and

(ii) at least two years' work experience in a health field, or equivalent, at a level approved by the Faculty on the recommendation of the Director of the Centre for Aboriginal Medical and Dental Health; and

(iii) successfully completed a written assessment and interview conducted by the Centre for Aboriginal Medical and Dental Health.

Course structure

4.(1) The course consists of units to a total value of 72 points.

(2) Units must be selected in accordance with the course structure, as set out in these rules.

Satisfactory progress

5.(1) To make satisfactory progress in a calendar year a student must pass units to a value of at least half the total value of units in which they remain enrolled after the final date for withdrawal without academic penalty.

(2) A student who has not achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module when their progress status is assessed will not have made satisfactory progress.

Progress status

6.(1) Unless the Faculty determines otherwise because of exceptional circumstances—

(a) a student who fails to make satisfactory progress for the first time under Rule 5.(1) is assigned the progress status of 'Suspended' by the Faculty;

(b) a student who fails to make satisfactory progress for a second time under Rule 5.(1) is assigned the progress status of 'Excluded' by the Faculty;

(c) a student who fails to make satisfactory progress under Rule 5.(2) is assigned the progress status of 'On Probation' by the Faculty unless they have been assigned the progress status of 'Suspended' or 'Excluded' for failure to make satisfactory progress under Rule 5.(1).