Course Title: Indigenous Health

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Indigenous Health

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


150H Health Sciences


Sem 2 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018

Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Kerrie Doyle

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7687

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 201.07.013

Course Coordinator Availability: Monday - Friday

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course will extend your knowledge of the cultural and societal impacts on health for Indigenous Australians. You will investigate contemporary indigenous health issues and review the considerations of cultural sensitivity in working with our first Australians.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for the Bachelor of Nursing Program BP032 in accordance with the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Council (ANMC) National Competency Standards for the Registered Nurse:

PLO 2. Practices within a legal and ethical nursing framework

PLO 6: Plans nursing care in consultation with individuals / /groups, significant others and the interdisciplinary healthcare team

PLO 8: Evaluates progress towards expected individual / group health outcomes in consultation with individuals / groups, significant others and interdisciplinary team

PLO 10. Collaborates with interdisciplinary healthcare team to provide  comprehensive nursing care)

(Reference : Australian Nursing and Midwifery Council National Competency Standards for the Registered Nurse)

On successful completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Identify historical and cultural factors which contribute to the context of indigenous health care problems
  2. Demonstrate cultural sensitivity in all aspects of indigenous health practice and  culturally appropriate research in indigenous populations
  3. Review the impact of historical events
  4. Describe the impact of contemporary society and culture on the health of Indigenous Australians
  5. Identify the key health issues that face Indigenous Australians in 21st century Australia
  6. Apply a cultural proficiency framework  for working with  indigenous populations

Overview of Learning Activities

This course will use a range of learning activities including lectures, discussions and self-directed learning. Throughout the course you will be able to work both independently and in groups to aid development of your theoretical knowledge and its application to culturally sensitive health care practice and cultural awareness.

Learning activities will be varied and may include modalities such as lectures, Lectopia/Echo 360, and discussion board.

Lectures/workshops: Lectures/workshops and lecture notes are the principal mode of content  delivery and will present you with the key concepts and information relevant to the understanding of socio-anthropological construct of indigenous health care issues. You will be expected to participate in classroom discussions and to contribute to the learning experiences of your student colleagues.

Self-Directed Learning: You are expected to undertake self-directed learning activities to develop and consolidate knowledge throughout this learning experience. The activities associated with this course are designed to enable you to better develop independent learning skills to support your commitment to lifelong learning as a nursing professional and a university graduate. The self-directed learning activities will also support your knowledge of the material covered in the formal learning program and enhance the consolidation and application of that knowledge.

Teacher Guided Hours: 36 per semesterMIxed mode delivery - Weekend intensive workshop and/ or weekly face to face supported by online learning

Learner Directed Hours: 36 per semester

Overview of Learning Resources

The learning resources associated with this course will include targeted readings taken from a range of both primary and secondary sources. Where possible all selected material will be digitally available to you. Lecture material may be delivered using a variety of flexible learning modes such as Echo 360, Discussion Board or workshops. These modes will be utilised at the discretion of your lecturer. RMIT will provide you with additional resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems accessed via your myRMIT site.   A library subject guide is available at


Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Tasks:

Early Assessment Task: Reflective short essay (2000 words)

Weighting 30%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1 & 2

Assessment Task 2: Group Presentation

Weighting 50%

This assessment task supports CLOs 3, 4, 5 & 6

Assessment Task 3: Five Multi Choice Online Quizzes

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6