Course Title: Indigenous Health and Diversity

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Indigenous Health and Diversity

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:

Please note that this course may have compulsory in-person attendance requirements for some teaching activities. 

To participate in any RMIT course in-person activities or assessment, you will need to comply with RMIT vaccination requirements which are applicable during the duration of the course. This RMIT requirement includes being vaccinated against COVID-19 or holding a valid medical exemption. 

Please read this RMIT Enrolment Procedure as it has important information regarding COVID vaccination and your study at RMIT:  https://policies.rmit.edu.au/document/view.php?id=209

Please read the Student website for additional requirements of in-person attendance:  https://www.rmit.edu.au/covid/coming-to-campus 

Please check your Canvas course shell closer to when the course starts to see if this course requires mandatory in-person attendance. The delivery method of the course might have to change quickly in response to changes in the local state/national directive regarding in-person course attendance. 



Course Coordinator: N/A

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925

Course Coordinator Email: @rmit.edu.au


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

This course has no pre-requisites, co-requisites or assumed knowledge.


Course Description

In this course, you will learn about the social, cultural and environmental determinants of health and their impact on disadvantaged groups, with a focus on Indigenous Australians. You will learn principles of safe and high quality health care delivery, and cultural sensitivity in all aspects of health care practice. You will also learn how contemporary society and its culture and historical context contributes to health care problems experienced by disadvantaged groups and Indigenous Australians.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the program learning outcomes for the following programs:

BH129 Bachelor of Laboratory Medicine (Honours)

  • PLO5 Communicate and collaborate with diverse audiences utilising contemporary and traditional formats employing inclusivity, integrity, judgement, adaptability and culturally safe practices related to laboratory medicine.
  • PLO7 Apply and demonstrate the cultural intelligence and safety to practice, with consideration of the experience and  perspectives of First Nations peoples and the global community in all aspects of work.

BP154 Bachelor of Psychology

  • PLO1 Apply breadth and depth of psychology theories, concepts and evidence in various real-world settings using a scientific approach.

BP154 Bachelor of Psychology

  • PLO4 Communicate to diverse audiences utilising contemporary and traditional formats and employing professional integrity, inclusivity and culturally-safe practices
  • PLO5 Demonstrate responsibility and accountability for professional decisions and resolve challenges through application of critical thinking and reflective practice, autonomously and as part of a multidisciplinary team
  • PLO6 Collaborate and contribute as an effective team member in diverse settings with commitment to First Nations and globally-inclusive perspectives.

BP231 Bachelor of Biomedical Science

  • PLO4 Communicate and collaborate on biomedical topics with diverse audiences utilising contemporary and traditional formats and employing integrity, inclusivity and culturally safe practices
  • PLO5 Demonstrate critical reflection skills, responsibility and accountability for own learning and professional practice as part of a multidisciplinary team
  • PLO6 Apply and demonstrate the concepts of reconciliation, cultural intelligence and cultural safety to practice, with consideration of the experience and perspectives of First Nations peoples and the global community in all aspects of work.

BP311 Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Sciences

  • PLO4 Communicate clearly and effectively with diverse audiences utilising contemporary and traditional formats on topics related to pharmaceutical science employing integrity, inclusivity and culturally safe practices
  • PLO5 Demonstrate critical reflection skills, responsibility and accountability for own learning and professional practice as part of a multidisciplinary team
  • PLO6 Apply and demonstrate the concepts of cultural intelligence and cultural safety to practice, with consideration of the experience and perspectives of First Nations peoples and the global community in all aspects of work.


Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)

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

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


Overview of Learning Activities

his 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 RMIT Student Website.


Overview of Learning Resources

Resources such as prescribed and recommended texts available through the RMIT library eReserve and internet links to relevant information will support your understanding of topics.

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through RMIT Student Website.

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 RMIT Student Website.


Overview of Assessment

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Tasks 1: Cultural awareness activity
Weighting: 10%
This assessment task supports CLO1 & CLO2 

Assessment Task 2: Quizzes 
Weighting: 20% 
This assessment task supports CLO2 & CLO6 

Assessment Task 3: Written reflection
Weighting: 30%
This assessment task supports CLO2, CLO3 & CLO4.  

Assessment Task 4: Written Assessment
Weighting: 40% 
This assessment task supports CLO1, CLO3, CLO4, CLO5 & CLO6. 

 

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.