This topic provides students with opportunities to develop key skills and knowledge that will enable them to work with older Indigenous people. The topic will begin with information about the history of colonisation of Indigenous people in Australia to develop an understanding of the impact on social and emotional well-being. Students will learn about frameworks of cultural safety and cultural responsiveness as well as examine critical race theory and white privilege. They will gain understanding of the particular roles of older people in Indigenous communities. They will develop skills in appropriate communication which will include appropriate assessment methods as well as care considerations. They will learn about particular health conditions that are prevalent in Indigenous elderly populations. They will also learn about the role of Indigenous community controlled organisations and current aged care policies that apply to Indigenous people. Both practical and ethical issues will be covered in the topic.
This topic aims to develop skills in working with older Indigenous people and their carers who are living in remote, rural or metropolitan communities. There will be an emphasis on providing culturally safe aged care services to people which will emphasise appropriate communication.