8 x 3-hour tutorials per semester
8 x 13-hour independent studies per semester
1 Admission into BNGU-Bachelor of Nursing (Preregistration)
1a Admission into BNGG-Bachelor of Nursing (Graduate Entry)
1b Admission into BNGUC-Bachelor of Nursing (Preregistration)
Must Satisfy: ((1 or 1a or 1b))
Enrolment not permitted
1 of HLTH1012, NURS1026 has been successfully completed
Topic description
This topic is designed to enhance nursing students' understanding and awareness of the health of Indigenous Australian peoples from historical and contemporary perspectives within a framework of cultural safety.

This topic will examine how Indigenous health is currently addressed within the Australian health system. Students will explore their personal and professional conceptualizations of health and compare, contrast and reflect on those ideas in relation to the ways that colonisation impacted and continues to impact on the health and wellbeing of Indigenous Australians through cultural, political and socio-economic circumstances.

Students will critically examine the concept of cultural safety as it relates to health and nursing practice. Students will begin to develop a critical understanding of health inequities and the impacts of racism and discrimination on health and illness. The relevance of traditional healthcare practices and primary health care principles to nursing practice will also be examined.
Educational aims
The aim of this topic is to enhance students' understanding and awareness of the health of Indigenous Australians within a framework of cultural safety for critical reflection on practice.
Expected learning outcomes
On successful completion of this topic students will be able to:

  • Critically analyse colonisation, historical and contemporary events and policies influencing the health status of Indigenous Australians.

  • Identify principles of Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services, and compare and contrast to mainstream health and nursing practice.

  • Begin to recognise the rich and diverse cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients.

  • Articulate the importance of the role of family and community that underpin the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

  • Reflect on the interface of Indigenous and western biomedical concepts of health and wellbeing to begin to decolonise nursing practice.

  • Critically analyse and reflect on racism, discrimination and impacts on health and illness.

  • Explore personal values, beliefs and prejudices that may impact on the delivery of culturally safe nursing care.

  • Explore Indigenous health within a global context.