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HS3101 - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health and Wellbeing

Credit points: 03
Year: 2018
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.
Prerequisites: NS3003


Townsville, Limited, Study Period 2
Census Date 23-Aug-2018
Face to face teaching (Tutorial sessions)
Coordinator: Ms Sandra Dash, Mrs Jane O'Shannessy
Lecturers: Miss Tanya Langtree, Mr Alan Ramsay, Mrs Jane O'Shannessy, Dr Maude Chapman.
Contact hours:
  • 10 hours lectures - Online podcasts
  • 20 hours tutorials - During intensive block
    Assessment: presentations (30%); essays (30%); assignments (40%).

    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.