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This subject provides students with specific foundational knowledge for understanding the ‘Gap’ in Indigenous health. Following a chronological approach, this subject provides students with an understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health from pre-invasion to the present. Along this continuum, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health issues are examined in terms of their socio-economic origins, the clash of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and settler values, aspirations and outcomes, and comparative demographical trends. Key topics include: colonisation and infectious disease; loss of land/economy & health impacts; conflict and health; impacts of segregation; cultural oppression, identity and health; inter-generational health effects of family separations; and, institutional racism and health. Students will also consider the development of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander-led strategies, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leadership and community control of health services. The subject draws on a range of rich archival material, recent research, audiovisual materials as well as contemporary Indigenous community perspectives on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and wellbeing.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject students should be able to:
- Explain particular Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health issues in terms of their historical antecedents;
- Explain contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health issues in terms of key socio-economic and demographic variables and their historical basis.
- Analyse the potential of public health interventions in relation to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and experiences of health/illness.
- Critically analyse professional and popular representations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health disadvantage, own standpoint as an informed ethical public health practitioner and implications for own professional practice.
- Assess current responses to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health issues drawing on key social and cultural factors and their historical origins.
Upon completion of this subject students will have developed skills in:
- Critical thinking and analysis,
- Initiative, autonomy and organisation,
- Working with others and in teams.
Last updated: 3 November 2022