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) explain Aboriginal health and wellbeing from the perspectives of Aboriginal peoples; (2) demonstrate an understanding of the underlying issues that influence health and wellbeing from historical, environmental, cultural, political and spiritual perspectives; (3) identify 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.

Broadening guidelines

All students studying towards a Bachelor's Degree at UWA are required to Broaden their studies by completing a minimum of four units (24 points) of study outside their degree specific major. Broadening is your opportunity to explore other areas of interest, investigate new disciplines and knowledge paradigms and to shape your degree to suit your own aspirations and interests. Many of you will be able to undertake more than this minimum amount of broadening study and we encourage you to do so if this suits your aspirations. Over the next few months you will find here some broadening suggestions related to your degree-specific major. While we know that many students value guidance of this sort, these are only suggestions and students should not lose sight of the opportunity to explore that is afforded by your Broadening Choices. Advice can also be sought from your Allocated Student Advising Office.

Prerequisites

Students who have not achieved a scaled mark of at least 50 in ATAR Mathematics Applications or equivalent or higher, are required to successfully complete MATH1720 Mathematics Fundamentals in their first 48 points of study in this course.

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:

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

Level 1

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (24 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 ANHB1101 Human Biology I: Becoming Human
S2 ANHB1102 Human Biology II: Being Human
S2 INDG1150 Aboriginal Encounters: Strangers in our Backyard
Incompatibility:
HIST1100 Aboriginal History
S1 INDG1160 Boodjar Moort Katitjin: Introduction to Indigenous Heritage and Knowledge
Bridging units
Take units if applicable:

Students who have not achieved a scaled mark of at least 50 in ATAR Mathematics Applications or equivalent or higher, will need to successfully complete MATH1720 Mathematics Fundamentals in their first 48 points of study in this course.

Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1, S2 MATH1720 Mathematics Fundamentals
Prerequisites:
Mathematics Applications ATAR (with a scaled score of less than 50)
or
with permission.
Incompatibility:
Mathematics Applications ATAR (with a scaled score of 50
or
greater)
or
equivalent
or
higher.

Level 2

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (24 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; for the Women's Health minor: IMED1108 Issues in women's health across the lifespan.
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
S2 PUBH2203 Foundations of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Prerequisites:
for student enrolled in Population Health Major (MJD-PPHLT) and all students other than those enrolled in the Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing major: one of the following; 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
or
PUBH2209 Plagues, Pox and Pandemics
or
SCOM1101: Communicating Science
or
BIOL1130: Frontiers in Biology
or
BIOL1131: Plant and Animal Biology; for students enrolled in the Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing major MJD-ABHWB: either (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 at least one of (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

Specialised degrees – Bachelor of Advanced Computer Science (Honours), Bachelor of Automation and Robotics, Bachelor of Environmental Design, Bachelor of Music

You must satisfy the requirements of the degree-specific major in your degree before you complete your course. (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.)

Bachelor of Philosophy, Politics and Economics

This comprehensive degree does not require you to choose a degree-specific major.

General degrees

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. and Bachelor of Science courses, 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 1:
Course Study Plan: CSP006-ABHWB-Generic
Example 2:
Course Study Plan: CSP006-ABHWB-Generic-1

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