Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Health

University of Queensland

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Health

  • Host University

    University of Queensland

  • Location

    Brisbane, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Health Administration, Indigenous Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Course Description
    Overview of current health status of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people, focusing on cultural, social and environmental issues and recent policy initiatives.
    Course Introduction
    Welcome to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health. The goal of this course is to inform students about the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues relevant to a health professional, introducing a human rights view of health, strengths based approaches to health improvement and health service frameworks and strategies that aim to promote health equity in the Australian context. You will be challenged to reflect and think critically about how both the past and the present influence an individual?s health and wellbeing.
    There will be two hours of lectures and a one hour tutorial for most weeks of the program. Learning is in two segments: Sociocultural Aspects in weeks 1 to 6 and Health Issues Across the Lifecourse in weeks 7 to 13. Each segment has a workbook and a multiple choice exam to be completed.
    Learning Objectives
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:
    1. Demonstrate knowledge of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, cultures and identities
    2. Demonstrate knowledge of the history and recognised impacts of colonisation and government policy on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and on other indigenous peoples
    3. Describe and critically analyse the quality of available health and social indicator data and how it influences our understanding of the current social status, health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
    4. Critically examine current health policy and programs relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and their influence on health delivery and health outcomes
    5. Demonstrate an understanding of cultural safety and respect of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in social and professional contexts
    6. Identify and discuss basic processes for the design, implementation and evaluation of health care programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and other indigenous communities
    Class Contact
    2 hours Lectures, 2 hours Tutorials

Course Disclaimer

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Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.