First Australians

Griffith University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    First Australians

  • Host University

    Griffith University

  • Location

    Gold Coast, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Australian Culture, Health Science

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    This course is available to second year health students and above as a core for Nursing, Midwifery, Occupational therapy and Public health students and is recommended as an elective for students in other health fields

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Upper

    ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.

    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

    10
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Course Description
    This course offers an introduction to Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples's health today. While fostering an understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, health impacts and determinants of health from a public health perspective, the course is designed to give students a deeper understanding of what impacts on the health, social emotional, physical and spiritual well-being of Australia's Indigenous Peoples.
    Course Introduction
    Australia's shared history has had an enormous impact on the social emotional well-being (SEWB) of its Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, Australia is not unique in its treatment of these first nations? people and in some instances examples of health impacts and determinants will be drawn from other countries. As well as increasing awareness of social emotional wellbeing issues of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people amongst students, the course is also beneficial as an introduction into cross-cultural practice.
    Students will gain a better understanding of the issues which impact on social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations from an indigenist perspective. Students will also gain insight into the holistic concept of social and emotional wellbeing held by many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
    Course Aims
    From an indigenist perspective, this course aims to provide a broad overview of the social and emotional wellbeing (SEWB) of Australia?s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today. This will include elements relevant to the mental, physical, cultural, spiritual and community wellbeing of these peoples. It will critically examine and discuss the influences on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander SEWB. In particular, it will aim to provide an understanding of how historical and cultural contexts have contributed to the social emotional wellbeing disturbances, which include ill-health, of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples? past and present. The course encourages students to see health and wellbeing from a more holistic dimension.
    Students will be introduced to the social determinants and the health inequalities that effect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples? everyday lives, and the role of the health professional in providing appropriate health care to these peoples. Students will have an opportunity to appreciate the importance of Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services and the importance of access to culturally sensitive health service for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
    The content and issues discussed will consider the values and culture of Australia?s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and every consideration will be taken to ensure that the content is delivered in a culturally sensitive manner.
    Learning Outcomes
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:
    1 Analyse and understand the impact of the historical context on the SEWB, including ill-health, of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
    2 Identify key issues in ethical health communication with and health service delivery to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
    3 Explain the importance of the social, emotional and cultural factors pertaining to the health and wellbeing of Indigenous Australia
    4 Analyse Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples SEWB while recognising and avoiding cultural bias when considering the social and cultural contexts of health issues
    5 Identify the social, political and economic effects of culture on policies pertinent to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
    6 articulate the skills and contribution of a range of health disciplines to improving the health of Australia's First Peoples.

    Assessment Task

    Weighting/Marked out of

    Assignment - Written Assignment
    Issue Investigation - Assessment 1(a)

    10%/10

    Assignment - Written Assignment
    Issue Investigation - Assessment 1(b)

    20%/20

    Guided discussion with peers
    Facilitation and Participation - Assessment 2(a)

    5%/5

    Guided discussion with peers
    Facilitation and Participation - Assessment 2(b)

    10%/10

    Assignment - Written Assignment
    PBL Report - Assessment 3(a)

    10%/10

    Assignment - Written Assignment
    PBL Report - Assessment 3(b)

    20%/20

    Exam - selected response
    Exam

    25%/25

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

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.