AHEA5801 Aboriginal Health Research and Ethics

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Multi-mode
This unit is delivered in both lecture and seminar format by the Centre for Aboriginal Medical and Dental Health with invited lecturers for particular areas of expertise. Part of the unit focuses on building relationships with Aboriginal organisations and individuals in order to begin to develop the research project proposal. Students develop their ability to explore and critique literature through student presentation and facilitation within seminars.
Students are able to (1) have a detailed understanding of contemporary and historical Aboriginal health research policy in Australia, including the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Indigenous Health Road Map; (2) understand and apply various research methods and methodologies in Aboriginal health research, including qualitative approaches; (3) review and critique literature relating to Aboriginal health; (4) demonstrate sophisticated understanding of the development and application of Indigenous health research ethics; (5) begin building relationships with various Aboriginal community organisations, governments, institutions and individuals regarding research needs; and (6) develop a research project proposal that may be used in AHEA5880/AHEA5881 Aboriginal Health Thesis (Research).
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) seminar presentations; (2) development of an ethics proposal

; and (3) developed research project proposal. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Dawn Bessarab and Dr Kate Smith
Unit rules
Advisable prior study:
health or health-related course of study
Approved quota: 15—according to projects and available supervision
Contact hours
lectures/seminars: 3 hours per week
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