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Unit Overview


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.

6 points

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.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Dawn Bessarab
Unit rules
AHEA1101 Aboriginal Health
  • 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.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.