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Unit Overview


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.

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

Students are able to (1) discuss the contemporary complexities and Social Emotional Well Being (SEWB) from an Aboriginal perspective; (2) outline cultural and clinical complexities using the SEWB framework; (3) explain the interplay between SEWB and physical health; (4) identify culturally appropriate models of care from an Aboriginal viewpoint; (5) develop culturally appropriate language and communication skills for use in a healthcare setting throughout the unit; (6) outline attributes required for a culturally safe health service delivery including engagement strategies and; and (7) critically analyse existing programs in health and mental health care for Aboriginal people and communities..


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) continuous assessment; (2) two-hour theory examination; and (3) half-hour practical examination. 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)
Dr Christine Clinch
Unit rules
AHEA2201 Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing.
and 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.
  • 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.