Major Overview

Description

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.

Courses

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

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 None
S2 ANHB1102 Human Biology II: Being Human None
S1 INDG1150 Aboriginal Encounters: Strangers in our Backyard
Incompatibility
HIST1100 Aboriginal History
S2 INDG1160 Boodjar Moort Katitjin: Introduction to Indigenous Heritage and Knowledge None
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.

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 Medical Sciences Research Methodologies (ID 5971)
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