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Unit Overview


This unit represents the research component of the Master of Aboriginal Health and requires students to implement the research project proposal developed in AHEA5801 Aboriginal Health Research and Ethics. Students undertake an appropriate research project based on their individual settings and connections with Aboriginal communities. Students need to build the community relationships necessary for their projects as part of this unit, with both clinical and cultural supervision to guide them. The unit extends over three semesters allowing adequate time for project refinement, community liaison, data collection and analysis, final synthesis and translation of findings. Supervisors ensure projects contribute new knowledge to the field and that they are meaningful to the setting in which the projects occur.

72 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) develop skills in building relationships necessary to undertake high quality Aboriginal health research; (2) use appropriate methodology and data for particular Aboriginal health issues; (3) demonstrate capacity to work with various stakeholders to refine an Aboriginal health research project in terms of community need, data collection and data analysis; (4) contribute new knowledge or add value to existing knowledge regarding Aboriginal health; and (5) translate research-generated knowledge for application in both the Aboriginal community and health sector.


This comprises supervisor reports (pass/fail), student journal (pass/fail) and a thesis of no longer than 50,000 words marked by approved examiners. Formal assessment is 100 per cent by thesis, although students must pass the student journal component to pass the unit.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Dawn Bessarab
Unit rules
enrolment in
the Master of Aboriginal Health course
AHEA5801 Aboriginal Health Research and Ethics
Advisable prior study
AHEA5801 Aboriginal Health Research and Ethics (formerly AHEA8801 Aboriginal Health Research and Ethics), HIST8563 Aboriginal Ways of Knowing
Approved quota: 6—according to projects and available supervisors
  • 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.