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Monash University Handbook 2010 Postgraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedAlfred Hospital Second semester 2010 (On-campus block of classes)


Overview of Aboriginal health, especially in Victoria from historical, socio-economic and cultural contexts of ill-health in the Aboriginal community. Introduction to major health issues outlining practical information about appropriate health care delivery and role of community-controlled health services.


At the completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the social, economic, cultural and political context of health in the Aboriginal community.
  2. Explain a brief epidemiology of the major health problems in Aboriginal communities.
  3. Recognise the essentials of holistic health care services for Aboriginal communities and the network of community controlled services that facilitate or deliver care.
  4. Demonstrate a good understanding of the principles of appropriate health care and the role of community controlled services.
  5. Summarise the public health management of major diseases that affect Aboriginal communities.
  6. Explain the place of research concerned with Aboriginal health issues.


Group project (15%), Participation (5%), Written assignment 3,500-4,000 words (80%).

Chief examiner(s)

Ms Marion Brown

Contact hours

5 day intensive block at Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO).


Basic computer proficiency

Additional information on this unit is available from the faculty at: