Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

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Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences


Associate Professor Karen Adams



  • First semester 2016 (Online)


This unit develops and strengthens practical skills required for implementing Indigenous equity. Delivery of effective, high standard services to Indigenous people is one of the enduring challenges facing a variety organisations and providers. In this unit students will explore and engage in practical skills of: cultural safety; partnership building; organisational development and analysis of the strengths based evidence. Students will be provided opportunity to critically analyse current practices in Indigenous equity, design evidence based advocacy and create a strategic change plan of relevance to their professional work and aspirations.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Explain cultural safety and intercultural communication.
  2. Critically analyse policies and standards shaping Indigenous equity relevant to the student's area of professional expertise.
  3. Critically analyse Indigenous populations and statistics relevant to the student's area of professional expertise.
  4. Critically analyse partnership processes with Indigenous peoples.
  5. Construct a change management plan to incorporate principles of human rights and equity relevant to Indigenous issues.


Case study reflection (1,200 words) (20%)
Letter to editor (500 words) (15%)
Peer review change plan (1,200 words) (15%)
Strategic change plan (3,000 words) (50%)

Workload requirements

Off-campus: a minimum of 10 hours of personal study per week.

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Chief examiner(s)


Enrolment in a postgraduate program.