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Indigenous Cultures and Health Behaviours



Curtin Perth, Curtin Kalgoorlie


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In this unit students will examine culture and diversity within local, national and global Indigenous populations; impacts of specific policies and historical events on Indigenous Australians and their effects on perceptions of health, illness and disability, health and health care access. Applying theories of health behaviour students will analyse health outcomes of Indigenous Australians and explore underlying social, environmental, psychological and biological determinants. Within a primary health care model, students will explore how health professionals can work inter-professionally and in partnership with Indigenous individuals, families, communities and organisations.

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What you'll learn

  • evaluate the experiences of international Indigenous populations
  • identify the diversity of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and their cultures and recognise the significance of cultural awareness, cultural understanding, cultural safety and cultural security
  • relate the impact of policies and history to the current cultural and health contexts of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the perceptions of health, illness and disability
  • analyse determinants of health, cultural influences and models of health behaviour in relation to current health outcomes for, and the utilisation of health services by, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
  • reflect on own personal development of cultural understandings as a health professional working inter-professionally in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in a primary health care model

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  • Curtin course code: INDH1006
  • Last updated on: August 6, 2020