Course Title: Indigenous Health and Diversity

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Indigenous Health and Diversity

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 1 2023

Course Coordinator: Sacha Petersen

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7555

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Bundoora

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this course, you will learn about the social, cultural and environmental determinants of health and their impact on under-represented groups, with a focus on Australian First Nations Peoples. You will learn principles of safe and high quality health care delivery, and cultural safety in all aspects of health care practice. You will also learn how contemporary society and its culture and historical context contributes to health care issues experienced by under-represented groups and First Nations Peoples.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs) for:

  • BH102 Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) 
  • BH129 Bachelor of Laboratory Medicine (Honours)  
  • BP102 Bachelor of Nursing 
  • BP154 Bachelor of Psychology 
  • BP231 Bachelor of Biomedical Science 
  • BP279 Bachelor of Health Science/Bachelor of Applied Science (Osteopathy) 
  • BP321 Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Sciences 

For more information on the program learning outcomes for your program, please see the program guide.  

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  1. Compare and explain the social, cultural and environmental determinants of health with a focus on First Nations peoples amongst other underrepresented groups;
  2. Describe, compare and explain health status across local and global populations with reference to under represented groups including First Nations Peoples of Australia;
  3. Identify historical and cultural factors which contribute to the context of First Nations Peoples health care issues;  
  4. Demonstrate cultural sensitivity in several aspects of First Nations health practices and culturally appropriate research in First Nations populations;  
  5. Describe the impact of contemporary society and culture on the health of First Nations peoples;  
  6. Identify key health issues that First Nations Australians experience in 21st century Australia. 

Overview of Learning Activities

This course will use a range of learning activities including lectures, and tutorial sessions, online resources and self-directed learning. Throughout the course you will work both individually and in teams. Delivery will be a mix of face to face and online.

Recorded lectures are the principal mode of information delivery and will present you with the key concepts. Lectorial sessions will contextualise your understanding of topics covered in the recorded lectures.

You are encouraged to be proactive and self-directed in your learning, asking questions of your lecturer and/or peers and seeking out information as required, especially from the numerous sources available through the RMIT library, and through links and material specific to this course that is available through myRMIT Studies Course.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through myRMIT Studies Course.

There are services available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student portal.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Cultural Awareness Activity
Weighting 10%
This assessment task supports CLOs 3, 4 & 5 

Assessment Task 2: Cultural Safety and Inclusion Activity
Weighting 25%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 4 & 6  

Assessment Task 3: Personal Reflection
Weighting 30%
This assessment task supports CLOs 3, 4 & 5   

Assessment Task 4:Group Task (Written/video/audio/visual presentation)
Weighting 35% 
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6  

If you have a long-term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.