Indigenous and Global Health - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: Sess 2
  • Availability for 2018: Sess 2
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Critical discussion paper (30%) , Assignment 2 - Presentation (30%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 2,950.00
International 3,200.00

This unit will explore the health of vulnerable populations, including the Australian Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander, South Sea Islander persons, and Indigenous populations’ global and local perspectives. Epidemiological aspects of Indigenous, non-Indigenous health; patterns of morbidity and mortality, and geographic, social, economic and political determinants will be critically investigated. Basic principles underpinning healthcare delivery to Indigenous, non-Indigenous and culturally diverse peoples; healthcare delivery and resource allocation and models of practice are analysed. Students will also explore cultural awareness, culturally-informed practice and beginning cultural competence and migrant and refugee health.

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At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. evaluate the social, political, historical, environmental and cultural basis of indigenous health in both an Australian and global context
  2. analyse current patterns of morbidity and morality in indigenous, non-indigenous and culturally diverse populations and health disparities
  3. critically examine issues in measuring health outcomes in indigenous and culturally diverse populations
  4. synthesise the intercultural knowledge and skills necessary to work and communicate effectively across indigenous, non-indigenous, and culturally diverse social and health settings.
  • Assignment 1 — Critical discussion paper (30%)
  • Assignment 2 — Presentation (30%)
  • Assignment 3 — Critical review (40%)

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • INH180 — International Indigenous Health
  • Other special requirement — Admission to degree required and provide an email address

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction to Indigenous health
2Common characteristics of Indigenous societies
3Globalisation, development and the environment
4Morbidity and Mortality in Indigenous Populations: Global Overview and the Diseases of Poverty and Disadvantage
5Morbidity and Mortality in Indigenous Population: Chronic Disease and Mental Health in Indigenous People
6Health Services for Indigenous Populations in Developing Countries
7Health Systems and Approaches for Indigenous Peoples in Developing Countries
8Access and Barriers to Utilisation of Health Services for Indigenous Populations
9Intercultural Communication Skills in Indigenous Health Care

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online assignment submission
  • Standard Media
  • Web links

Print based materials

  • Welcome Letter

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming
  • Online Assessment
  • Printable format materials
  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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