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COURSE

Associate Degree in Indigenous Professional Practices

AD-INDCHL

TAUGHT BY: Centre for Aboriginal Studies

DURATION

Duration of the course with a full-time study load. Studying part-time will extend the duration of your course.

If duration is not available (N/A) the offering may be part of a larger course.

2years

CREDIT

A full-time study load usually consists of 200 credits (approximately eight units) per year, with 100 credits (approximately four units) in each semester.

400

About offering

Skilled Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers are in great demand. More Indigenous professionals are needed in the health industry to work within their communities and provide holistic healthcare frameworks.

This course also aims to empower you to become a role model for positive change in Indigenous health. You will learn how to achieve this through the application of Indigenous knowledge, primary healthcare, health promotion, community development concepts and practice, and project development, implementation and evaluation.

If you are already working in a health related position, this course will increase your knowledge and skills to perform more effectively. You can learn the skills required to provide an alternative, inclusive approach to health management that acknowledges Indigenous healing practices.

Graduates may qualify for entry into a bachelor degree with honours and some graduate certificates, graduate diplomas and master degrees.

What you'll learn

  • apply, demonstrate and compile academic knowledge and principles in a variety of contexts to promote self-directed and independent learning
  • think critically and creatively to generate solutions in an academic environment; apply logical processes in problem solving
  • access, evaluate, synthesise information from multiple sources in order to make valid judgements
  • communicate effectively with consideration of audience and purpose, demonstrating respect for others and cultural awareness
  • use technology appropriately to develop research skills, access resources and to communicate effectively to a wide community
  • be self-motivated and take responsibility for one's own learning; develop life-long learning skills to source new and relevant information
  • consider global and cultural issues from a variety of perspectives
  • demonstrate respect for cultural diversity within Indigenous Australia, the wider community and University environment; respect and promote cultural diversity
  • work ethically and professionally both within a team and independently; develop a positive sense of Indigenous identity to empower others in the wider community

Why study Associate Degree in Indigenous Professional Practices

  • The program is community-based to allow you to develop your skills in a community setting. Many of our students already work in the Aboriginal health industry and complete most of their study in the workplace.
  • You will be able to promote and apply Indigenous knowledge and methods of working to healthcare.
  • You'll develop culturally appropriate health education skills in the broad areas of Indigenous Terms of Reference, project management, policy process and community management.

Student profile

View our student profile table to get an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students at Curtin University. This table provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and passed the census date in the most relevant recent intake period for which data are available. It includes those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia.

  • Health Promotion Officer

Admission criteria for Australian and New Zealand students

English language proficiency

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are as outlined in the IELTS table below. Additional information on how you can meet the English requirement can be found on the English proficiency page.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall band score 6.5

Available only to applicants of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent. Students who are interested in joining this course need to come along to an admissions and information workshop. At this workshop you will sit an admissions test, have an interview with staff and find out more information about the course.

For more information about entry requirements, please visit the Centre for Aboriginal Studies website.

Other requirements and notes for this course

Available by block release only. You are required to attend four two-week study blocks on campus a year.

In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.

Advanced standing / credit transfer / recognition of prior learning

Credit for recognised learning (CRL) is the term Curtin uses to describe advanced standing, academic credit or recognition of prior learning.

You may be entitled to credit for recognised learning for formal, non-formal or informal learning.

Formal learning is learning that takes place through a structured program of learning that leads to the full or partial achievement of an officially recognised qualification. Recognised institutions include, but are not limited to, RTO providers and universities. Non-formal learning is adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning or various kinds of work and life experience.

Credit can reduce the amount of study needed to complete a degree.

For further information, please visit our credit for recognised learning webpage or contact our CRL Office on crl@curtin.edu.au or 1300 222 888.

Credit for recognised learning (CRL) is the term Curtin uses to describe advanced standing, academic credit or recognition of prior learning.

You may be entitled to credit for recognised learning for formal, non-formal or informal learning.

Formal learning is learning that takes place through a structured program of learning that leads to the full or partial achievement of an officially recognised qualification. Recognised institutions include, but are not limited to, RTO providers and universities. Non-formal learning is adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning or various kinds of work and life experience.

Credit can reduce the amount of study needed to complete a degree.

For further information, please see our credit for previous study website or contact tne_pathways@curtin.edu.au.

Fees and charges

Australian and New Zealand student indicative fees for 2018

Student type Cost

Commonwealth supported

What is a Commonwealth supported place (CSP)?

A CSP is subsidised by the Australian Government. They pay part of the course fees directly to Curtin and then the student pays the remainder (referred to as the “student contribution amount”). The student can defer this fee to their HECS-HELP loan.

All Australian students studying an undergraduate degree are automatically awarded a Commonwealth supported place. A limited number of Commonwealth supported places are also available for some postgraduate courses.

Learn more about CSPs and whether you’re eligible by visiting the Australian Government’s StudyAssist website.

$7,990*

Fees are indicative first year only and are subject to passage of legislation.

*The indicative first-year fee is calculated on [offering.credits] credit points, which is the typical full-time study load per year, however some courses require additional study to be completed, in which case the fee will be higher than that shown.

This fee is a guide only. It may vary depending on the units you choose and do not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks – visit other fees and charges for more information. For more information on fees and to determine your eligibility for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP, please visit fee basics or the Study Assist website

If you’re not an Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen, please see information for international students.

No international fee data available

How to apply

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  • Curtin course code: AD-INDCHL
  • This offering was last updated on: September 25, 2018