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IMH5001 Concepts of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health

Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Arts
School or Department : Centre for Australian Indigenous Knowledges


The course centres on the wider view Indigenous Australians have of health (both physical and mental) compared with the Western medical model of health, and the importance of culturally appropriate strategies and interventions in assessment, diagnosis and treatment of Indigenous mental health problems and disorders. Students are cautioned not make generalisations and assumptions about Indigenous people, as there are many Indigenous groups in Australia, with varying cultural issues. The problems inherent in gaining an in-depth understanding of 'culture' in general are emphasised, and students will move away from the belief that cultural competence is readily achievable. It needs to be acknowledged that non-Indigenous people are unable to fully understand the intricate cultural and traditional ways of Indigenous people and that Indigenous staff, with their knowledge of cultural dynamics, are indispensable in providing basic mental health intervention. Students will also become equipped with knowledge of how to gain greater knowledge of, and respect for, particular Indigenous cultural groups within Australia.

Course offers

Semester Mode Campus
Semester 1, 2011 External