AHEA3301 Aboriginal Social and Emotional Wellbeing

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing major sequence
Social and emotional wellbeing (SEWB) in Aboriginal community contexts is still relatively poorly understood within mainstream health and healthcare service settings. This unit continues the exposure of students to the complexity of factors at play in health and wellbeing with a particular focus on a multidimensional analysis of these factors. Drawing on a range of case studies from individual and community contexts, a seminar series guides students through a deeper understanding of causation, engagement, strategies and ways of working utilising the multidimensional model as a framework.
Students are able to analyse and discuss the current complexities surrounding the (1) SEWB from an Aboriginal perspective; (2) cultural and clinical complexities; (3) understanding of the interplay between SEWB and physical health; (4) appropriate models of care; (5) appropriate language to use in a healthcare setting and beginning to reflect this language throughout their work; (6) attributes required for a culturally safe service including engagement strategies; and (7) critical analysis of existing programs in health and mental health care for Aboriginal patients.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) continuous assessment (40 per cent); (2) two-hour theory examination (40 per cent); and (3) half-hour practical examination (20 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 Christine Clinch
Unit rules
AHEA2201 Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing;
INDG2300 Indigenous Knowledge: Mind, Body and Spirit
Contact hours
seminars: 3 hours per week
  • 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 via the Booktopia Textbook Finder, which has the functionality to search by course code, course, ISBN and title, and may also be posted or available at the appropriate school's administrative offices. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.