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NUR1204 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health

Semester 1, 2022 Online
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Nursing and Midwifery
Student contribution band : Band 1
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 27 June 2022


Examiner: Raelene Ward


Pre-requisite: NUR1100 and NUR1102 and Students must be enrolled in the following Program: BNSG
Co-requisite: NUR1103
Enrolment is not permitted in NUR1204 if NUR3030 has been previously completed


NUR1204 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health is one of eight, first year, foundation courses in the Bachelor of Nursing Program.

The outstanding life differentials between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australian peoples remains at an unacceptable level. The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC) have mandated that Indigenous Health be incorporated in all nursing programs to support and inform the future nursing workforce of the many complexities that have informed Indigenous health today. Further, this course aims to inform the student on Culturally Safe practice when working in partnership with Indigenous peoples.

As per the BNSG Program Rules, students are required to attempt and submit all assessment items in a course. This program rule forms part of the USQ accreditation agreement with the Australian Nursing & Midwifery Council [ANMAC].

An understanding of the social and cultural determinants of health and the impacts of historical and contemporary practice and their influence on the social and emotional wellbeing of First Nations Australians is essential in providing cultural safe health care with these populations. This course utilises cultural safety as the model to contemporary health care delivery in Australia. It emphasises the contemporary nurse as a foundational member of the health partnership and who is necessary in enhancing First Nations people's social and emotional wellbeing. It values the role of First Nations Australians in self-determining processes and leadership in health and research.

Course learning outcomes

On completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Effectively communicate, by having an understanding of self, through examining their own values, beliefs and attitudes that affect the delivery of healthcare for Indigenous peoples.
  2. Examine historical and contemporary Acts and policies that have impacted the health of Indigenous Australians.
  3. Identify and explain the process of self-determination and the Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHOs) development.
  4. Identify and explain Social and Emotional Wellbeing as defined by Indigenous health practitioners.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Historical and Contemporary Policies 30.00
2. Understanding self 25.00
3. Community control and self-determination 25.00
4. Social and Emotional Wellbeing 20.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

Best, O., & Fredericks, B. (Eds) (2021), Yatdjuligin: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nursing and Midwifery Care, 3rd edn, Cambridge University Press, Melbourne, VIC.

Student workload expectations

To do well in this subject, students are expected to commit approximately 10 hours per week including class contact hours, independent study, and all assessment tasks. If you are undertaking additional activities, which may include placements and residential schools, the weekly workload hours may vary.

Assessment details

Approach Type Description Group
Weighting (%) Course learning outcomes
Assignments Written Essay 1 No 20 1
Assignments Written Essay 2 No 40 3,4
Examinations Non-invigilated Time limited online examinatn No 40 2
Date printed 27 June 2022