Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitDepartment of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine
OfferedNot offered in 2013


An overview of Aboriginal health, especially in Victoria. The study of Aboriginal health in Australia often focuses on the health of communities in the remote northern and western areas of the continent. Provide an understanding of the historical, socio-economic and cultural contexts of ill-health in the Aboriginal community; more about learning appropriate questions to ask and appropriate ways of asking them, than trying to only provide solutions. Will also introduce participants to the major health issues and provide practical information about the delivery of appropriate health care and the role of Aboriginal community controlled health services. Participants will be provided with sources of further information and expertise about Victorian Aboriginal community health with a reflection on that in other parts of Australia.


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.


Case study (15%), Written assignment 3,500-4,000 words (85%).

Chief examiner(s)


Contact hours

5 day intensive block


Basic computer proficiency

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