• Offered by ANU Medical School
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Health Science
  • Areas of interest Anthropology, Australian Indigenous Studies, Medicine, Health

In this course students will develop an understanding of the health issues confronting Australian Indigenous peoples in the 21st century, and their basis in Aboriginal and Torres Strain Islander post-colonization history. Students will learn about Aboriginal and Torres Strain Islander history and its impact on community, culture and health, as well as develop competencies in research and ethics in this field.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Explain the impact of Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander post-colonization history on Indigenous culture, and the subsequent impact on prevention, definition, diagnosis & treatment of illness.
  2. Identify and describe features of overt, subtle & structural discrimination in interactions between patients, health professionals and systems.
  3. Evaluate the strengths and limitations of available data as key indicators of Indigenous health.
  4. Identify and analyse community-wide approaches to prevention, and key features of effective Indigenous health promotion & general practice programs.
  5. Outline and explain key principles in development of collaborative and ethical relationships with Indigenous peoples, including the significance of partnership and ownership in development of research methodologies.

Indicative Assessment

Assessment will be based on:

  • Personal portfolio items (15%) (LO1-4) 
  • Group portfolio item (5%) (LO2-4)
  • 3x online assessment tasks  - weeks 4 (Theme 1), 7 (Theme 2) and 10 (Theme 3) (30%) (LO1-5)
  • One 2 hour examination (50%) (LO1-5)

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2x face-to face sessions / week, plus 1x two-hour on-line / interactive session each week; weekly small group work

Prescribed Texts

Indigenous Australians and Health: The Wombat in the Room. Ron Hampton and Maree Toombs (Eds) Oxford University Press 2013.

Preliminary Reading

To be advised

To be advised

Assumed Knowledge

Basic knowledge of Aboriginal and Australian history. Ability to carry out literature searches across interdisciplinary databases. Ability to summarise and integrate information from different resources, and in different formats. Sound understanding of statistics and statistical methods. 


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $4320
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $5760
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4128 24 Feb 2020 02 Mar 2020 08 May 2020 05 Jun 2020 In Person N/A

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