AHEA2201 Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 core unit in the Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing major sequence
  • Level 2 complementary unit in the Population Health major sequence
  • Category A broadening unit for Bachelor of Science students where relevant according to the broadening requirements for each student
  • Level 2 elective
Content
This unit is run by the Centre for Aboriginal Medical and Dental Health and Aboriginal organisations in the community. It is directed at students who are interested in learning more about Aboriginal health and helps students improve their understanding of the position of Aboriginal people in contemporary Australian society as a basis for working with Aboriginal people during their health career. Taught predominantly by Aboriginal people, the unit addresses historical and cultural issues that underlie current Aboriginal health problems and explores specific health issues affecting Aboriginal people. The unit also explores in more detail interactions between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal service providers in a range of settings and the implications of these experiences on attempts to improve Aboriginal health.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) demonstrate a broad understanding of the aetiology of the discrepancy that exists between the health of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people in Australia; (2) identify some of the key historical, social and cultural issues that underlie current Aboriginal health issues; (3) discuss selected specific health problems that are major issues for Aboriginal people; (4) discuss Indigenous health in an international context, demonstrating an understanding of the similarities and differences in past and present issues that have impacted on the health of Aboriginal people; (5) describe and understand the importance of ethics and research to inform and contribute to Aboriginal peoples health outcomes; (6) demonstrate an understanding of the position of Aboriginal people in contemporary Australian society as a basis to understanding and working in Aboriginal health; (7) demonstrate an understanding of cultural competency in working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples; (8) describe how there have been differing interactions between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal service providers in a range of settings and the implications of these experiences in attempting to improve Aboriginal health; (9) discuss common relationships between Aboriginal people and health services and the historical, cultural and social factors contributing to these relationships; (10) describe current approaches to improving Aboriginal health and barriers to more rapid improvement; (11) describe why Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations have been established and the principles which underpin their continued operation; and (12) describe why Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations have been established and the principles which underpin their continued operation.
Assessment
Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) essay; (2) tutorial assessment; and (3) reflective journal. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Paula Edgill and Kevin Taylor
Unit rules
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
Contact hours
a combination of seminars, tutorials and visits to organisations
Texts

Carson, B. et al. eds Social Determinants of Indigenous Health: Allen & Unwin 2007

Couzos, S. and Murray, R. Aboriginal Primary Health Care: an Evidence-based Approach, 3rd edn: Melbourne OUP 2008

National Aboriginal Health Strategy Working Party: National Aboriginal Health Strategy 1989

Saggers, S. and Gray, D. Aboriginal Health and Society: the Traditional and Contemporary Aboriginal Struggle for Better Health: Allen & Unwin 1991

See the LMS (Learning Management System) and unit CD and guidebook for a more detailed list of references.

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