AHEA1101 Aboriginal Health

6 points
Not available in 2020UWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit is part of the pathway course for Indigenous students seeking access to postgraduate health professional science courses. Through an investigation of the social determinants of health, and the scientific method underpinning modern health practice, the unit provides the tools for an understanding of Aboriginal health in Australia. While concentrating on the Australian context, international comparisons and contrasts are made. Upon successful completion of the unit, students understand the multiple and dynamic factors influencing Aboriginal health, and are aware of the capacities that Aboriginal health providers can bring to their role(s) as professional practitioners in the health field.
Students are able to (1) apply a critical perspective to the current status of Aboriginal health; (2) demonstrate their understanding of what is meant by the concept of 'social determinants of health' in the Australian context; (3) describe the relative impact of social determinants upon Aboriginal health and wellbeing; (4) articulate the roles and capacities that Aboriginal people bring to bear in their engagement in Aboriginal health or health related arenas; (5) explain the basic principles of the scientific method in Western health practice and the complexities that arise in the context of Aboriginal health and health care; (6) articulate international comparisons against the Australian context; (7) develop critical skills through the application of oral and written arguments; and (8) demonstrate the ability to participate as a group member.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) weekly reflective journal and learning log; (2) three short essays; (3) tutorial attendance and participation; (4) tutorial group presentation; and (5) final essay. 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)
Professor Dawn Bessarab
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