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MAJOR

Indigenous Community Health Major (BAppSc)

MJRU-INCHL

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.

N/A

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

More Indigenous professionals are needed in the health and community management and development industries to work within their communities to provide holistic healthcare frameworks.

This course aims to empower you to become a role model for positive change in Indigenous health or community development, and take leadership roles in the formulation and implementation of programs. 

The course covers:

  • application of principles and practices of Aboriginal Terms of References
  • primary healthcare practices
  • health promotion
  • community development
  • program management and evaluation.

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 Indigenous Community Health Major (BAppSc)

  • This course is designed to provide students with the skills and knowledge needed to empower and strengthen the well-being of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities through a holistic, multi-disciplinary approach that encompasses Indigenous healing traditions.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker

Admission criteria

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 N/A
Speaking N/A
Reading N/A
Listening N/A
Overall band score N/A

What kind of applicant are you?

Applicants with recent secondary education
(within the past two years)

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Applicants with higher education study

Undertaken higher education study before? Find out how you can apply for a Curtin course and what credit you may be eligible for.

Applicants with recent secondary education
(within the past two years)

Applicants with recent secondary education are those whose admission is primarily based on the completion of Year 12 within the last two years, but also includes those who may have completed their senior secondary studies with a TAFE or other VET provider within the same time frame. This includes applicants whose secondary education was undertaken interstate or overseas.

  • Minimum ATAR: N/A

    This figure refers to the ATAR level below which an application will not be considered. This is not a guarantee of admission.
  • Yes.

  • STAT entry: N/A

    The Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) assesses competencies considered important for success at uni.
    These tests are provided by the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC) to help mature age candidates apply for certain courses.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Other admission options

  • Recipients of the John Curtin Undergraduate Scholarship will receive an early offer to study this course.

  • If you’re an indigenous applicant who hasn’t met Curtin’s minimum admissions criteria, the Centre for Aboriginal Studies offers bridging courses that are tailored to help you gain entry into this course.

Lowest ATAR to which an offer was made (exclusive of any adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points)

View the lowest ATAR (excluding adjustments) of an applicant who was offered a place in this course in the most relevant recent intake period for which data are available.

Selection rank adjustments (previously referred to as ATAR related adjustments)

Details of the types of adjustment factors (bonus points) commonly available to applicants can be found on our StepUp to Curtin webpage.

ATAR and selection rank profile for those offered places wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR in the most recent intake period

View data on the ATAR and selection rank profile of offers made from the most relevant recent intake period.

Applicants with higher education study

Applicants with higher education are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a higher education course, such as a university degree. This includes applicants who are currently studying a higher education course at another education provider and want to transfer to Curtin University, or applicants who are currently studying at Curtin but want to switch to a different course. It also includes applicants who have completed past study with university and non-university higher education providers.

  • Curtin offers a variety of bridging courses to help you meet the admission criteria for this course. Find out more about our bridging courses.
  • Graduates may qualify for entry into a bachelor degree with honours and some graduate certificates, graduate diplomas and master degrees.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Curtin course switcher criteria

Admission into this course is only available to applicants of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent.

To switch into this course, you need to attend the admissions and information workshop, where you will sit an admissions test and will be required to have an interview.

Higher education course switcher criteria

Admission into this course is only available to applicants of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent.

To switch into this course from another higher education course, you need to attend the admissions and information workshop, where you will sit an admissions test and will be required to have an interview.

This course is for prospective students 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 usually held each October - December in Perth and another interstate location. Contact the Centre for Aboriginal Studies for specific dates and locations. At this workshop you will sit an admissions test, have an interview with CAS staff and find out more information about the course.

Other requirements for this course

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

Block study mode. The block mode of education helps you remain in your community and get a quality education by combining distance education with intensive blocks of study at the Centre for Aboriginal Studies in Perth.

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.

Next steps

This major/stream is part of a larger course. Please visit the course for more information and how to apply.

Where to get further information

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  • Curtin course code: MJRU-INCHL
  • This offering was last updated on: August 16, 2018