UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

AHEA3200 Aboriginal Health Community Organisation Placement

Credit 6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing major sequence
  • Category B broadening unit for Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Design students
  • Level 3 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 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) describe how the organisation started and why; (2) discuss with staff the different ways the organisation works with Aboriginal families, communities or other organisations; (3) describe the links between what the organisation provides and the potential impact on health from a broad-based perspective; (4) demonstrate their involvement in a number of the organisation's activities as appropriate; (5) describe the process undertaken on how best to contribute to the organisation that will be of benefit for staff, students or clients of the organisation; (6) reflect, in writing, on how the organisation meets the needs of the Aboriginal community and in what way this may be different from mainstream or non-Aboriginal organisations; and (7) reflect, in writing, on what they have learned during the placement and how this may influence their future role as a healthcare provider for the Aboriginal community.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) essay abstract/outline (10 per cent); (2) essay (30 per cent); (3) tutorial participation and attendance (10 per cent); (4) tutorial presentation (10 per cent); and (5) reflective journal (40 per cent). 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 Mr Kevin Taylor
Unit rules
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
Contact hours a combination of seminars, tutorials and visits to organisations
Unit Outlinehttp://www.unitoutlines.meddent.uwa.edu.au/Units/AHEA3200/SEM-2/2017

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: 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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