AHEA5755 Aboriginal Health

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.

Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
This unit provides students with an opportunity to learn in depth through interaction with Aboriginal lecturers and guest speakers. Health issues covered include historic and cultural concerns; impacts of policies and programs; and contemporary and contentious factors that influence Aboriginal people today. Other topics include Aboriginal health statistics and specific health problems; environmental health; community diagnosis; sociocultural factors in health; community development and disease prevention; and the role of Aboriginal medical services and their relationship to state health services. The unit is run in a mixed lecture and tutorial format. The learning outcomes are achieved through lectures, guest speakers, student group discussions, media resources and discussion with a panel of Aboriginal professionals.
Students are able to (1) gain an understanding of the cultural definition of the concept of health and wellbeing as described in the holistic health model; (2) understand the origins of ill health in Aboriginal people; and (3) apply approaches to redress some of the health inequalities Aboriginal people face.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) essay outline; (2) essay; and (3) reflective journal. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Christine Clinch and Dr Alexandra Balzarelli
Contact hours
offered intensively
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  • 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.