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Unit Overview


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.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) discuss the contemporary and historical context of Aboriginal health research practice and policy in Australia, which will include the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Indigenous Health Roadmap.; (2) apply different research methods and methodologies in Aboriginal Health Research, including qualitative and quantitative methods.; (3) critique literature relating to Aboriginal health; (4) discuss the development and application of Aboriginal health research ethics.; (5) discuss Aboriginal process and protocols in developing relationships with Aboriginal community organisations and individuals regarding your research proposal.; and (6) develop a draft Aboriginal Health research proposal..


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) seminar presentation; (2) Written assignment

; and (3) developed research project proposal. 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 and Dr Kate Smith
Unit rules
Advisable prior study
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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  • 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.