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NUR3030 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health

Semester 3, 2019 Online
Short Description: Aboriginl Torrs Strait Isl Hlt
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Nursing and Midwifery
Student contribution band : National Priority - Nursing
ASCED code : 060307 - Community Nursing
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 20 May 2019


Examiner: Raelene Ward


Pre-requisite: NUR2101


Australia holds a unique position in that we have two distinct Indigenous groups - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. The health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians has been documented to be at a significantly lower level compared to their non-Indigenous counterparts. Content in this course focuses on the unique needs of both of these communities and advocates that health professionals adopt a cultural safety approach to healthcare delivery for addressing these complex health and communities' needs.


The purpose of this course is to enable students to recognise historical and current inequalities in the health status of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals, families, and groups. Students will learn about culturally safe care to gain a better understanding of how to partner and collaborate to meet health needs and improve health outcomes. Particular interest will be given to, a) the inequities that remain in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health status as compared to their non- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander counterparts and, b) the skills and knowledge that nurse's need to develop to work with people from both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures. In undertaking this course the student will utilise the principles of Primary Health Care to propose strategies in collaboration with these individuals, groups or communities to enable them to have equal access to affordable, equitable and appropriate health service provision to meet their needs.


Throughout the course and on completion students will be able to:

  1. History and Culture:
    Describe the original lifestyle of the first Australians
  2. Discuss historical events and policies and analyse how these have influenced the health status of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples of Australia
  3. Identify the health status of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population over time
  4. Examine the concept of culture and discuss how the value and belief constructs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people guide their thinking, decision-making processes and actions in the health and illness paradigm
  5. Health and Wellness:
    Identify the principles of Primary Health Care and then apply these principles to propose strategies to create and maintain healthy environments within Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services
  6. Understanding self and others:
    Examine the values, prejudices, cultural beliefs and behaviours that can affect the delivery of appropriate nursing and healthcare. Students will identify their own potential prejudices, cultural beliefs and behaviours that could affect their nursing practice when caring for Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  7. Demonstrate the integration of principles, philosophy and strategies of Primary Health Care into practice when working with clients from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander


Description Weighting(%)
1. History and Policies and creating Social and Cultural Determinants of health 25.00
2. Primary Health Care and Community Controlled Health Organisations 25.00
3. Health and Social, Emotional Wellbeing (mental health) 25.00
4. Cultural Safety 25.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (

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Best, O and Fredericks, B 2017, Yatdjuligin: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nursing and Midwifery Care, 2nd edn, Cambridge University Press, Australia.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 40.00
Directed Study 86.00
Online Lectures 13.00
Online Tutorials 25.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 40 40 20 Dec 2019
EXAMINATION 60 60 End S3 (see note 1)

  1. This will be a closed examination. The exam is a multiple choice exam. The total working time for the examination is two hours. The examination date will be available via UConnect when the official examination timetable has been released.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to participate appropriately in all activities and study all material provided to them, or required to be accessed by them, to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration. Engagement in online discussion forums forms part of the directed study component of this course.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To complete each of the assessment items satisfactorily, students must obtain at least 50% of the marks available for each assessment item.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must attempt all assessment items and obtain at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course (i.e. the Primary Hurdle).

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    CLOSED: Candidates are allowed to bring only writing materials into a closed examination

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Deferred exam will be held in the next examination period.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. Students must familiarise themselves with the USQ Assessment Procedures (

  2. American Psychological Association (APA) is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use APA style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The APA style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide.¬referencing¬guide

Evaluation and benchmarking

In meeting the University’s aims to establish quality learning and teaching for all programs, this course monitors and ensures quality assurance and improvements in at least two ways. This course:
1. conforms to the USQ Policy on Evaluation of Teaching, Courses and Programs to ensure ongoing monitoring and systematic improvement.
2. forms part of the Bachelor of Nursing and is benchmarked against internal USQ accreditation/reaccreditation processes which include (i) stringent standards in the independent accreditation of its academic programs, (ii) close integration between business and academic planning, and (iii) regular and rigorous review.
3. forms part of the professional accreditation standards of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) through an external accreditation process.

Other requirements

  1. Computer, e-mail and Internet access:
    Students are required to have access to a personal computer, e-mail capabilities and Internet access to UConnect. Current details of computer requirements can be found at