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Indigenous Professional Practices

Associate Degree

AD-INDCHL

Course
Associate Degree in Indigenous Professional Practices
Admission criteria
Minimum ATAR Not applicable
Duration
2 years full-time
Credit
400
Location
Curtin Perth

Outline

The Indigenous Community Health Associate Degree provides students with the skills required to provide an alternative, inclusive approach to health management that acknowledges Indigenous healing practices.

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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.

Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.

Why study

  • 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

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

Admission criteria

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

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

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

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

At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.

You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

If this applies to you, you can apply for credit for recognised learning (CRL), which means your previous study is recognised and matched against a similar unit in your intended Curtin course.

A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.

CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.

Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:

Email: crl@curtin.edu.au

Tel: 1300 222 888

CRL search

Fees & charges

Australian and New Zealand student indicative fees for 2020

Fee year: 2020

Student type Cost
Commonwealth supported $7,040*

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

*The indicative first-year fee is calculated on 200 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 does 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.

Location

For start dates, please view the academic calendar.

On Campus

Semester 1

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How to apply

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  • Curtin course code: AD-INDCHL
  • Last updated on: December 12, 2019