AHEA2202 Aboriginal Health Context and Application

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. The unit provides students with the opportunity to consolidate and apply the teaching and learning covered throughout the Advanced Diploma in Medical and Aboriginal Health Sciences. This occurs via a seminar series based around specific Aboriginal health and health care issues and an Aboriginal community placement. The seminar series is student-led and covers specific health topics structured to reveal the causation, context, impact and prevention of health and health care issues for individuals and communities. Drawing on common health topics (e.g. diabetes, heart disease and respiratory illness), the seminars enable students to understand the relevance of the underlying science as well as the importance of prevention and best practice management in addressing the health disparities experienced in Aboriginal communities. The community placement constitutes a service learning component of the course where students undertake a supervised placement within an Aboriginal community-controlled organisation working in a health or health-related field.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate their ability to critically analyse health scenarios with a particular focus on causation, context, impact and prevention; (2) present a substantive argument analysing the factors of importance related to health topics to an audience of their peers; (3) demonstrate the integration of theoretical knowledge with the practical experience derived from a health care setting; (4) critically appraise their experience in a particular health care organisation within the context of the efficacious provision of health care to Aboriginal people; (5) articulate the role of Aboriginal community-controlled health organisations in the provision of health care; (6) identify their participation and contribution made to the placement organisation; (7) identify the constraints operating on the ability to improve Aboriginal health; and (8) engage constructively in a seminar context.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) seminar presentation and contribution; (2) placement assessment report from the placement organisation; (3) written reflective report on placement and seminar experience; and (4) written submission of the seminar presentation. 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
Unit rules
AHEA1101 Aboriginal Health
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