1 x 50-minute lecture weekly
1 x 2-hour tutorial weekly
1 x 50-minute on-line exercises weekly
Enrolment not permitted
1 of PHCA8313, PHCA8504 has been successfully completed
Topic description

This topic employs Indigenous knowledges (Knowing, Being and Doing), drawing of the lived experience and shared voices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australia and First Nations peoples internationally, and their connection to health and well-being. This topic critically engages with dominant Western frameworks and their interplay in ‘truth’, ‘power’, ‘science’ and ‘politics’ in creating colonial structures which enforce marginalisation, deficit discourses and problematic constructions of First Nations Health and Wellbeing in Australia.

Educational aims
    Students will advance their philosophical, theoretical and practical understanding of First Nations Health and Well-Being

  • Students will engage with Indigenous knowledges and develop skills on Indigenous research methods
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Identify and illustrate the multiple determinants of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and well-being
  2. Synthesise connections between the social determinants, social gradient, and health equities in First Nations health
  3. Analyse and interpret colonial processes and their connection to ongoing marginalisation for First Nations peoples
  4. Critically analyse and critique key health indicators for First Nations people
  5. Evaluate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander public health policy and programs
  6. Develop reflexivity skills in First Nations health

Key dates and timetable

(1), (2)

Each class is numbered in brackets.
Where more than one class is offered, students normally attend only one.

Classes are held weekly unless otherwise indicated.


If you are enrolled for this topic, but all classes for one of the activities (eg tutorials) are full,
contact your College Office for assistance. Full classes frequently occur near the start of semester.

Students may still enrol in topics with full classes as more places will be made available as needed.

If this padlock appears next to an activity name (eg Lecture), then class registration is closed for this activity.

Class registration normally closes at the end of week 2 of each semester.

Classes in a stream are grouped so that the same students attend all classes in that stream.
Registration in the stream will result in registration in all classes.
  Unless otherwise advised, classes are not held during semester breaks or on public holidays.