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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedGippsland Second semester 2010 (Day)
Gippsland Second semester 2010 (Off-campus)
Peninsula Second semester 2010 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Associate Professor Marlene Drysdale


This unit looks at the impact of colonisation and government legislation on the health and well being of Indigenous Australians. It also provides students with an overview of the complexity of Aboriginal health and ill health and examines access to health care systems and evaluates how Indigenous communities, remote, rural and urban practice self determination in the delivery of health care and well-being. The unit also moves the student from being a culturally aware to a culturally safe health professional.


Upon successful completion of this unit the student will be able to:

  1. Reflect on and understand Australian Indigenous cultures, their social organisations, and Indigenous perspectives on health and well-being.
  2. Discuss the impact of colonisation and past and present policy on Australian Indigenous peoples' health at the organisational, community, and individual level.
  3. Identify and discuss a variety of explanations for Australian Indigenous health and ill-health.
  4. Demonstrate a basic understanding of indigenous worldviews, speaking positions and goals in relation to health and well-being.
  5. Apply interdisciplinary perspectives to improving Australian Indigenous health and well-being.
  6. Critically analyse information sources and be able to develop and sustain arguments in oral and written communication.


Online Short Answer Test (1000 words) 20%; Essay (2000 words) 30%; Two Hour Examination (2000 words) 40%; Tutorial Attendance (80% attendance required) 10%.

Chief examiner(s)

Associate Professor Marlene Drysdale

Contact hours

2 hr lecture/tutorial per week.