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Monash University Handbook 2011 Postgraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedAlfred Hospital Term 3 2011 (On-campus block of classes)
Coordinator(s)Ms Rebecca Edwards; Ms Jane Goller


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 the role of community-controlled health services. This unit is taught in collaboration with the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO).


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

  1. Have an understanding of the social, economic, cultural and political context of health, past and present, in Aboriginal communities.
  2. Have a good understanding of the importance of cultural awareness and cultural safety in working with and for Aboriginal communities.
  3. Be introduced to a brief epidemiology of the public health issues in Aboriginal health.
  4. Understand the model of Aboriginal community controlled health services and a brief history of the Victorian experience.
  5. Have a good understanding of current national and state initiatives and reforms in Aboriginal health, the health sector and their impact on Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations and services.
  6. Have an understanding of the role of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal professionals in Aboriginal health.
  7. Have an understanding of the place of appropriate and ethical research concerned with Aboriginal health issues.


Group project (15%), Written assignment 3,500-4,000 words (85%).

Chief examiner(s)

Ms Rebecca Edwards

Contact hours

5 day intensive block


Basic computer proficiency

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