AHEA3301 Aboriginal Social and Emotional Wellbeing

6 points
(see Timetable)

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

Semester 1UWA (Perth)Multi-mode Multiple modes of delivery. Unit includes a mix of online and on-campus study requirements. On campus attendance for some activities is required to complete this unit.
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; 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.