SAHE4221 Research Aboriginal Health Unit 1

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Multi-mode
This unit is the first of four units that comprise the Scholarly Activity (SA) (Research): Aboriginal Health stream in the Doctor of Medicine (MD) program. The unit covers scientific integrity; dealing with conflicts of interests; intellectual property; data recording and management and storage; authorship and publication; ethical issues with respect to research in humans including confidentiality, informed consent, risk minimisation, vulnerable populations, databanks—collection and storage of tissues/specimens for future analysis, and research involving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples; animal ethics; and any training or safety courses required for the conduct of the specific research project. Students are required to attend any courses required prior to commencement of their research projects—to be indicated by supervisors/schools in the SA proposal form (e.g. laboratory safety, PC2 procedures, clinical handling in paediatrics, radioisotope courses, medical documents and clinical procedural reviews, performance of audits, etc.).
Students are able to (1) describe the importance of scientific integrity and ethical conduct in research; (2) discuss the key issues relevant to human or animal research; (3) demonstrate the acquisition of basic skills and training necessary to undertake research in their chosen field; (4) critically review literature in the proposed field of research; and (5) demonstrate in writing a critical understanding of the ethical issues of relevance (for Aboriginal Health students).
Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) online quizzes; (2) literature review; and (3) research proposal. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Paula Edgill
Unit rules
IMED4121 Systems-based Learning 1
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available at the University Co-operative Bookshop (from early January) and appropriate administrative offices for students to consult. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.