1 x 5-day intensive workshop once-only
1 x 9-hour independent study weekly
1 Admission into GCRHP-Graduate Certificate in Remote Health Practice
1a Admission into GDPRHP-Graduate Diploma in Remote Health Practice
1b Admission into MRIH-Master of Remote and Indigenous Health
1c Admission into MD-Doctor of Medicine
Must Satisfy: ((1 or 1a or 1b or 1c))
Enrolment not permitted
HLTH8201 has been successfully completed
Assumed knowledge
Knowledge of the basic requirements to practice as a remote health professional.
Assignments; Laboratory Participation; Oral; Tutorial Participation
Topic description

This topic explores the unique environmental and cultural context that characterizes the inseparable work and living situation of Remote Health professionals worldwide. Indigenous health and well-being are explored, particularly considering the interface between western biomedical models of health care and the diversity of Indigenous cultures. Issues relating to global Indigenous health are contextualized to remote practice by exploring issues of historical, cultural and political significance that influence the present health status of Indigenous Australians. Using a cultural safety framework, students examine their own values and beliefs and reflect on appropriate delivery of health care to Indigenous people that is transferable across practice settings. Decolonisation is presented as a way forward to address matters of social justice. Both positive and rewarding aspects of this unique practice context and challenges of living and working in remote areas are considered. Strategies for managing stress commonly experienced by remote practitioners are explored.

Educational aims

This topic aims to develop the students' understanding of Remote and Indigenous people; the cultural, living and health issues faced in remote contexts; and how this affects Remote Health practice.

Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Critically review the distinct features and definitions of the remote environment including geographical, sociological, cultural and health differentials
  2. Review the advanced scope of health professional practice required in remote contexts and assess the importance of individual accountability and working as part of a team to improved health outcomes
  3. Critically analyse the concept of cultural safety and examine the impact of the application of cultural safety principles and practices on overcoming the power imbalances of places, people and policies in order to contribute to improvements in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health
  4. Critically analyse the relationship between historical factors and the health status and wellbeing of Indigenous people today, identifying major influences and policies in Indigenous Australian history and contextualising these to global Indigenous experiences
  5. Contextualise the preventable and inherent sources of stress associated with remote and isolated Indigenous health practice and how to manage them