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.
It examines 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.
This topic aims to enhance students' understanding and awareness of the health of Indigenous Australians within a framework of cultural safety for critical reflection on practice.
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