INDG40016 - Indigenous Australians and Health
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

This unit offers a broad overview of Indigenous Australian health. It begins by examining Indigenous Australian identity and the health status of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples prior to colonisation. This is contrasted with the impacts on Indigenous Australian identity from earlier indifferent practices of governance, to formal government policies of protectionism/segregation, assimilation and self-determination and their profound effects on the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The unit then overviews Indigenous Australian health in the current context, exploring Aboriginal community-controlled health services, Torres Strait Islander health services, primary health care services, differences between Indigenous Australian men's and women's health, health promotion and research, and Indigenous Australian models of health care.

Details

Career Level Non-award
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

Residential Schools

This unit has a Compulsory Residential School for distance mode students and the details are:
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Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Offerings

Term 1 - 2017
  • Mixed Mode

Website

This unit has a website, within the Moodle system, which is available two weeks before the start of term. It is important that you visit your Moodle site throughout the term. Go to Moodle

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Non-award unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 40%
2. Written Assessment 40%
3. Online Quiz(zes) 20%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades.

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On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Evaluate the health status of Indigenous Australians prior to European colonisation.
  2. Analyse the historical and contemporary impacts of government policies upon the health of Indigenous Australians.
  3. Explain differences between various health care services available to Indigenous Australians.
  4. Identify Indigenous models of health care and promotion in Australia.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Written Assessment    
2 - Written Assessment    
3 - Online Quiz(zes)

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1. Self Management        
2. Communication
3. Information Literacy
4. Information Technology Competence        
5. Problem Solving        
6. Critical Thinking
7. Cross-Cultural Competence
8. Ethical Practice    

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Written Assessment    
2 - Written Assessment    
3 - Online Quiz(zes)    

Textbook Information

There are no required textbooks.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • Microsoft Office
  • Please Note: Correctional Centre students do not require access to email, internet or the unit website.
All submissions for this unit must use the Harvard (author-date) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorBronwyn Mcfarlane (B.Mcfarlane@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 06-03-2017

Introduction to unit

Week 2 13-03-2017

Aboriginal health before colonisation


Week 3 20-03-2017

Torres Strait Islander Health before Colonisation

Compulsory Residential School

20 - 24 May at Nulloo Yumbah, Building 31, CQUniversity Rockhampton North Campus

Week 4 27-03-2017

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health since colonisation


Week 5 03-04-2017

Health in remote and homeland Aboriginal communities

Vacation Week 10-04-2017
Week 6 17-04-2017

Aboriginal health in rural communities

Week 7 24-04-2017

Aboriginal health in regional and metropolitan communities

Assessment 1 - Written Assessment Due Tuesday (25 Apr 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Week 8 01-05-2017

Torres Strait Islander health

Week 9 08-05-2017

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health professionals


Week 10 15-05-2017

Issues impacting on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health

Week 11 22-05-2017

Where to from here?

Week 12 29-05-2017

Review of unit

Assessment 2 - Written Assessment Due Tuesday (30 May 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017
Exam Week 12-06-2017
Assessment 3 - Quiz (zes) Due Thursday (15 Jun 17) 11:45 PM AEST

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Assessment 1 - Written Assessment
Task Description

Choose one topic from the list below or negotiate an alternative topic with your course coordinator, and write a 1000-1200 word academic essay.

In your response, present a balanced coverage of the arguments in relation to the topic. No matter how passionate you may be about your topic, remember that you must write objectively and without emotion. You will need to research widely and reference accurately. You should include at least 4-6 sources in your reference list, but more is always better. Students are required to use the Harvard Style of referencing.

Topics (choose one for this assessment task):

  1. Discuss the health of Aboriginal people prior to the arrival of white people in Australia.
  2. Discuss the health of Torres Strait Islanders prior to the arrival of the first white missionaries. You may wish to compare and contrast the varied dietary patterns that existed throughout Torres Strait.
  3. Try to explain the nature of colonisation. What were the historical impacts of colonisation on the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people?
  4. Discuss the health of Aboriginal people in remote and homeland Aboriginal communities. What are the major factors at work here? If you wish, you can use an example in your discussion.
  5. Discuss the health of Aboriginal Australians in rural communities. Again, you may use an example from a rural community if you wish.

Assessment Due Date Week 7 Tuesday (25-Apr-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 9 Tuesday (09-May-2017)
Weighting 40%
Assessment Criteria

Academic content
  • Demonstrates understanding of topics and unit material relevant to the assessment
  • Evidence of research
  • Originality
  • Relevant to the topic

Writing skills

  • Uses the academic essay structure to logically organise and present ideas and arguments
  • Clarity of expression, correct grammar and spelling.

Referencing skills

  • Uses the Harvard style of referencing
  • Appropriate and correct in-texting referencing
  • Includes a reference list, correctly formatted
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Evaluate the health status of Indigenous Australians prior to European colonisation.

2. Analyse the historical and contemporary impacts of government policies upon the health of Indigenous Australians.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Self Management

2. Communication

3. Information Literacy

6. Critical Thinking

7. Cross-Cultural Competence

8. Ethical Practice



2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Assessment 2 - Written Assessment
Task Description

Choose one topic from the list below or negotiate an alternative topic with your unit coordinator, and write a 1000 - 1200 word academic essay.

  1. What are the main issues associated with Aboriginal health in regional and metropolitan communities? How do these issues compare with those in rural or remote Aboriginal communities?
  2. Present a summary of Torres Strait Islander health. How does this generally compare with the health of mainland Aboriginal Australians?
  3. Analyse the roles of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health professionals in Australia. You may like to discuss a specific field, such as nursing, or you may simply generalise about the topic.
  4. Choose a specific issue that impacts upon the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and demonstrate your understanding of this issue.
  5. Will Indigenous Australians eventually 'close the gap' and enjoy the same health status as all other Australians? Be sure to provide evidence for the arguments that you present.

In your response, please utilise feedback from the previous assessment. As before, you will need to research widely and reference accurately. You should include at least 4-6 sources in your reference list, but more is always better. Students are required to use the Harvard Style of referencing.

Assessment Due Date Week 12 Tuesday (30-May-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Exam Week Tuesday (13-Jun-2017)
Weighting 40%
Assessment Criteria

The following criteria will be used in assessing your essay

Academic content

  • Demonstrates understanding of topics and unit material relevant to the assessment
  • Evidence of research
  • Originality
  • Relevance to the topic

Writing skills

  • Uses the academic essay structure to logically organise and present ideas and arguments
  • Clarity of expression, correct grammar and spelling

Referencing skills

  • Uses the Harvard style of referencing
  • Appropriate and correct in-text referencing
  • Includes a reference list, correctly formatted

Online participation: Accessing the INDG40016 Moodle website and contributing regularly in the discussion forums is very important if students are to be successful in this unit.

Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

3. Explain differences between various health care services available to Indigenous Australians.

4. Identify Indigenous models of health care and promotion in Australia.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Self Management

2. Communication

3. Information Literacy

6. Critical Thinking

7. Cross-Cultural Competence

8. Ethical Practice



3 Online Quiz(zes)

Assessment Title Assessment 3 - Quiz (zes)
Task Description

The task associated with this assessment item is to complete the online quizzes during the term on the unit's Moodle website. These quizzes will be available in Weeks 3, 6, 9 and 12, and each quiz will test the student's knowledge of unit material for the previous three weeks.

Each quiz will consist of ten (10) questions that are randomly selected from a question bank. Each quiz will be worth 5% of the total grade for the unit and the complete assessment of four quizzes will be worth 20% of the total grade. Although feedback will be given to students after each quiz, the final grade will not be shown until the end of term.

Points to note:

  • Students will be allowed two attempts at each quiz. The attempt with the highest grade will be accepted for assessment.
  • There will be no time limit on quizzes.
  • Students are encouraged to refer to the unit materials in order to obtain as many correct answers as possible.
  • Students are encouraged to attempt every quiz to obtain the maximum number of marks.
  • If students have technical problems with the quiz, they should contact the unit coordinator or TASAC as soon as possible.
Number of Quizzes 4
Frequency of Quizzes Other
Assessment Due Date Exam Week Thursday (15-Jun-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Will be electronically marked.
Return Date to Students Exam Week Friday (16-Jun-2017)
Will be marked electronically.
Weighting 20%
Assessment Criteria

Marking criteria:

  • Students are marked according to number of correct responses for each quiz
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Evaluate the health status of Indigenous Australians prior to European colonisation.

2. Analyse the historical and contemporary impacts of government policies upon the health of Indigenous Australians.

3. Explain differences between various health care services available to Indigenous Australians.

4. Identify Indigenous models of health care and promotion in Australia.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Self Management

2. Communication

4. Information Technology Competence

5. Problem Solving

6. Critical Thinking

7. Cross-Cultural Competence




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