• Offered by School of Medicine and Psychology
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Health Science
  • Areas of interest Anthropology, Australian Indigenous Studies, Psychology, Health
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Stewart Sutherland
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2024
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  • STEM Course

In this course students will develop their understanding of the health issues confronting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the 21st century, and their basis in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander post-colonization history. Students will learn about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and its impact on community, culture and health.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, 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.
  6. Explain the differences between Cultural Competency, Safety, and Humility, and be able to put these concepts into practice.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Acknowledgement of Country (20) [LO 1,2]
  2. Participation (5) [LO 1,2]
  3. Quizzes  (weekly) (35) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]
  4. Assignment (20) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]
  5. Presentation (20) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours throughout the semester including:

  • 1 x face-to face sessions per week (1 x 2 hour lecture or 1 x 2 hour tutorial), plus weekly small group work.
  • Approximately 82 hours of self-study which will include preparation for lectures, presentations and other assessment tasks.

Inherent Requirements

No specific inherent requirements have been identified for this course.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed a minimum of 48 units of tertiary study.

Prescribed Texts

Students will be expected to purchase; Social Determinants of Indigenous Health; Bronwyn Carson, Terry Dunbar, Richard D Chenhall and Ross Barlie (2007)

Students will be supplied with; The 2nd Edition of Working Together: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health and Wellbeing Principles and Practice. Eds P. Dudgeon., H. Milroy., and R. Walker (2014).

Preliminary Reading

Will be supplied via WATTLE or accessible via ANU Libraries.

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.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found 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
2024 $4440
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $6720
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
3327 19 Feb 2024 26 Feb 2024 05 Apr 2024 24 May 2024 In Person View

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