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HS2101 - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health and Wellbeing

Credit points: 3
Year: 2022
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
Administered by: College of Healthcare Sciences

This subject explores issues that impact on the provision of nursing and midwifery care to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Students undertaking this subject will develop awareness of the historical, social and cultural issues that influence the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. This increased awareness will enable students to acquire critical and reflective skills to provide nursing and midwifery care in a culturally safe manner.

Learning Outcomes

  • identify and apply the principles and practices of cultural safety and reflective practice in the care of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples;
  • evaluate the impact of colonisation and historical events on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples' access and engagement with health services;
  • identify and appraise strategies for 'closing the gap' in healthcare delivery to diverse Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals, families, and communities;
  • compare current Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders' health indicators to that of other Indigenous and non-Indigenous populations;
  • examine the influences that the social and cultural determinants of health have on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples' health status and their social and emotional wellbeing.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Essay (including multi-draft) 1 - (50%) - Individual
  • Written > Reflection/reflective task 1 - (50%) - Individual
  • Written > Self-reflection task - (%) - Individual
  • Participation > Online participation - (%) - Individual.

Special Assessment Requirements

Passing requirements: complete and submit all assessment items; pass every assessment item; achieve a cumulative score of at least 50% after the application of any penalties such as late penalties; participate in at least 80% of specific online learning activities/tutorials.



Study Period 2, External
Census Date 25-Aug-2022
Coordinator: Mrs Natalie Conley
Lecturers: Mr Paul Baretta, Dr Ylona Chun Tie, Mr Alan Ramsay, Dr Geoffrey Clark, Mrs Natalie Conley.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 10 hours pre-recorded content/lectures
  • 20 hours online tutorials
  • assessment and self-directed study
Method of Delivery: WWW - LearnJCU

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.