Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing major

The Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing major will provide you with a solid grounding in the multiple determinants that influence the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal peoples, families and communities in Australia. You will gain a broad introduction to Aboriginal health and wellbeing from an Aboriginal perspective; an understanding of the underlying issues that influence health and wellbeing from historical, cultural, environmental, political and spiritual perspectives; an understanding of particular health problems within Aboriginal communities and their impacts; knowledge of the strategies, policies and practices that have been implemented to improve health and wellbeing with a particular focus on Aboriginal community-led initiatives; and practical experience in Aboriginal health settings.

Outcomes

Students are able to (1) understand Aboriginal health and wellbeing from the perspectives of Aboriginal peoples; (2) understand the underlying issues that influence health and wellbeing from historical, environmental, cultural, political and spiritual perspectives; (3) undestand particular health problems within Aboriginal communities and their impacts; (4) demonstrate knowledge of the strategies, policies and practices that have been implemented to improve health and wellbeing with a particular focus on Aboriginal-community-led initiatives; (5) demonstrate practical experience in Aboriginal health settings; (6) demonstrate a strong fundamental knowledge of human biology assisting in evaluating the biological evidence about disease mechanisms; and (7) integrate this biological knowledge with their understanding of Aboriginal ways, health and disease in formulating effective strategies required to address health issues.

Degree-specific major

Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing can be taken as a degree-specific major in the following degree courses:

BP006 Bachelor of Biomedical Science
BH005 Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)

Overview of unit sequence

Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing is a degree-specific single major comprising:

  • two Level 1 units
  • two Level 2 units
  • four Level 3 units
  • two Level 1 complementary units
  • two Level 2 complementary units
Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2

Level 1

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S2 INDG1150 Aboriginal Encounters: Strangers in our Backyard
Incompatibility:
HIST1100 Aboriginal History
S1 INDG1160 Boodjar Moort Katitjin: Introduction to Indigenous Heritage and Knowledge
Complementary units
Take all complementary units (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 ANHB1101 Human Biology I: Becoming Human
S2 ANHB1102 Human Biology II: Being Human

Level 2

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 AHEA2201 Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing
Prerequisites:
for the Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing major: INDG1150 Aboriginal Encounters: Strangers in our Backyard;
or
INDG1160 Boodjar Moort Katitjin: Introduction to Indigenous Heritage and Knowledge; for the Population Health major: PUBH1101 Health and Illness in Human Populations;
or
PUBH1102 Health and Globalisation; for pre-2012 courses: HIST1100 Aboriginal History
Incompatibility:
IMED2293 Aboriginal Health, IMED3393 Aboriginal Health
S1 INDG2300 Indigenous Knowledge: Mind, Body and Spirit
Prerequisites:
any Level 1 unit from the Indigenous Knowledge, History and Heritage major
or
HIST1100 Aboriginal History
Complementary units
Take all complementary units (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S2 PUBH2203 Foundations of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Prerequisites:
for the Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing major: (INDG1150 Aboriginal Encounters: Strangers in our Backyard
or
INDG1160 Boodjar Moort Katatjin: Introduction to Indigenous Heritage and Knowledge)
and
AHEA2201 Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing; for the Population Health major: PUBH1101 Health and Illness in Human Populations
or
PUBH1102 Health and Globalisation
or
ANHB1101 Human Biology I: Becoming Human
or
ANHB1102 Human Biology II: Being Human
or
ANTH1001 Being Human: Culture, Identity and Society
or
ANTH1002 Global Change, Local Responses; for pre-2012 courses: (HIST1100 Aboriginal History
or
INDG1150 Aboriginal Encounters: Strangers in our Backyard
or
INDG1160 Boodjar Moort Katatjin: Introduction to Indigenous Heritage and Knowledge)
and
AHEA2201 Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing
Incompatibility:
IMED2003 Essentials of Research in the Health and Medical Sciences
S1 PUBH2216 Communication and Project Planning in Health
Prerequisites:
completion of 24 points of Level 1
or
Level 2 coursework, including any PUBH unit
or
ANHB1101 Human Biology I: Becoming Human
or
ANHB1102 Human Biology II: Being Human
or
ANTH1101 Being Human: Culture, Identity and Society
or
ANTH1002 Global Change, Local Responses
or
PSYC1101 Psychology: Mind and Brain
or
PSYC1102 Psychology: Behaviour in Context
or
IMED1001 Form and Function
or
IMED1002 The Facts of Life
Incompatibility:
HSMD2216 Health Science Professional Practice

Level 3

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (24 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S2 AHEA3200 Aboriginal Health Community Organisation Placement
Prerequisites:
AHEA2201 Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing
and
INDG2300 Indigenous Knowledge: Mind, Body and Spirit
Incompatibility:
IMED3421/IMED3422 Aboriginal Community Organisation Placement Part 1/Part 2
S2 AHEA3300 Aboriginal Health Research Project
Prerequisites:
AHEA2201 Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing;
and
INDG2300 Indigenous Knowledge: Mind, Body and Spirit;
and
INDG3300 Indigenous Research and Ethics
S1 AHEA3301 Aboriginal Social and Emotional Wellbeing
Prerequisites:
AHEA2201 Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing;
and
INDG2300 Indigenous Knowledge: Mind, Body and Spirit
S1 INDG3300 Indigenous Research
Prerequisites:
INDG2300 Indigenous Knowledge: Mind, Body and Spirit
or
INDG2400 Looking South: Noongar Voices
or
INDG2500 Looking North: The Wild West
or
INDG2600 Indigenous Representation
or
INDG2700 Knowing Country: The Dreaming and Darwin

Choosing your degree-specific major

You must satisfy the requirements of a degree-specific major before you complete your course. The flexible structure of an undergraduate course allows you to try out a number of different subjects to see what interests you before nominating your degree-specific major. You have the choice to either nominate your degree-specific major when you first enrol in the course or delay nominating it until your second year.

To plan the first year of your study without nominating a degree-specific major, you are advised to choose units that will pave the way to two or more degree-specific majors that are of interest to you. For examples of the choice of units available in first year, search the first-year study plans .

To fully understand the structure of an undergraduate course, read the course structure information and the Undergraduate Degree Course Rules.

The following example illustrates how the Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing degree-specific major can be included in the Bachelor of Biomedical Science course.

Example: Course Study Plan: CSP006-ABHWB

There are more choices open to you. For more examples, search the study plans .

Choosing a second major

You also have the option to choose a second major from those available in the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Biomedical Science, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Design Only available to re-enrolling students. or Bachelor of Science course, giving you the opportunity to pursue your interests no matter how different they are.

The following example illustrates how the Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing degree-specific major can be combined with a second major in the Bachelor of Biomedical Science course.

Example: Course Study Plan: CSP006-ABHWB-Generic

For more examples of combinations of majors, search the study plans .

Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing can also be taken as a second major.

Second major

Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing can be taken as a second major in the following degree courses:

Overview of unit sequence

The Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing second major is a single major comprising:

  • two Level 1 units
  • two Level 2 units
  • four Level 3 units
Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2

Level 1

Second major units
Take all units (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S2 INDG1150 Aboriginal Encounters: Strangers in our Backyard
Incompatibility:
HIST1100 Aboriginal History
S1 INDG1160 Boodjar Moort Katitjin: Introduction to Indigenous Heritage and Knowledge

Level 2

Second major units
Take all units (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 AHEA2201 Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing
Prerequisites:
for the Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing major: INDG1150 Aboriginal Encounters: Strangers in our Backyard;
or
INDG1160 Boodjar Moort Katitjin: Introduction to Indigenous Heritage and Knowledge; for the Population Health major: PUBH1101 Health and Illness in Human Populations;
or
PUBH1102 Health and Globalisation; for pre-2012 courses: HIST1100 Aboriginal History
Incompatibility:
IMED2293 Aboriginal Health, IMED3393 Aboriginal Health
S1 INDG2300 Indigenous Knowledge: Mind, Body and Spirit
Prerequisites:
any Level 1 unit from the Indigenous Knowledge, History and Heritage major
or
HIST1100 Aboriginal History

Level 3

Second major units
Take all units (24 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S2 AHEA3200 Aboriginal Health Community Organisation Placement
Prerequisites:
AHEA2201 Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing
and
INDG2300 Indigenous Knowledge: Mind, Body and Spirit
Incompatibility:
IMED3421/IMED3422 Aboriginal Community Organisation Placement Part 1/Part 2
S2 AHEA3300 Aboriginal Health Research Project
Prerequisites:
AHEA2201 Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing;
and
INDG2300 Indigenous Knowledge: Mind, Body and Spirit;
and
INDG3300 Indigenous Research and Ethics
S1 AHEA3301 Aboriginal Social and Emotional Wellbeing
Prerequisites:
AHEA2201 Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing;
and
INDG2300 Indigenous Knowledge: Mind, Body and Spirit
S1 INDG3300 Indigenous Research
Prerequisites:
INDG2300 Indigenous Knowledge: Mind, Body and Spirit
or
INDG2400 Looking South: Noongar Voices
or
INDG2500 Looking North: The Wild West
or
INDG2600 Indigenous Representation
or
INDG2700 Knowing Country: The Dreaming and Darwin

Choosing a second major

The flexible structure of an undergraduate course allows you the option of including a second major. You have the choice to either nominate your second major when you first enrol in the course or delay it until your second year. For a major to be recorded on your academic record it must be nominated before the requirements of the course are completed.

To fully understand the structure of an undergraduate course, read the course structure information and the Undergraduate Degree Course Rules.

The following example illustrates how Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing can be included as a second major in an undergraduate degree course.

Example: Course Study Plan: CSPGeneric-DSMGeneric-ABHWB

For more examples of combinations of majors, search the study plans .

Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing can also be taken as a degree-specific major.