School of Population Health

Indigenous Health Teaching

Our teaching Who are the programs designed for?
Our approach The Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing specialisation stream
 

 

Our teaching

The School of Population Health delivers innovative, interdisciplinary, flexible and practical programs that combine a solid foundation in Indigenous health with choices from a wide range of cross faculty electives. Our students develop comprehensive knowledge and skills designed to enhance their careers and enable them to play a meaningful role in a sustainable future. Postgraduate programs by coursework or research are available on campus and online.

For postgraduate students, we offer  a nested Public Health Masters stream in Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing, which supports students to progress from Graduate Certificate, to Graduate Diploma, to Masters with a project-based component that fosters a research higher degree in Indigenous Health. Two externally delivered electives form the core of the specialisation stream, PHCM9630, with a public health focus and PHCM9632 with a psychosocial focus. These courses are delivered using a blended learning approach including a mandatory residential workshop.

For postgraduate coursework students we offer:

We also contribute a variety of lectures and tutorials on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and environmental health topics in the undergraduate medicine and postgraduate public health and international health programs of the School of Population Health.


 

Our approach

There is clear recognition of the need for respectful, strengths-based, and empowering ways of working with each other and with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, organisations and communities. Our courses offer innovative learning experiences that enable students to gain the understanding, skills and confident voice to contribute effectively to improving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and environmental health. Our methods are designed to stimulate transformational learning and enhance the wholistic application of public health skills and principles to virtually any health or social discipline.

You do not need to be working in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health to get the most out of our innovative courses. Our continuing aim is to provide the skills and inspiration to students to learn generatively throughout their lives. A similar lens is used to assist international and domestic students to recognise their potential role and capacity to support the protection of environmental values and assets that are so important to human health and wellbeing which is a fundamental and shared tenet of Indigenous cultures around the world.


 

Who are the programs designed for?

These programs are targeted towards students with specific interests in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, primary health care, public and environmental health, allied health, mental health and social and emotional wellbeing, community development and to the broader sector workforce to cohesively address the physical, psycho-social, cultural and environmental determinants of health and wellbeing now and for future generations.


 

The Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing specialisation stream

The Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing specialisation stream offers an innovative learning experience that enables students to gain deeper understanding and necessary skills to contribute effectively to the national effort to improve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and wellbeing. This specialisation provides significant opportunities to examine Indigenous-specific content and its application in areas of the student’s own sub-disciplinary public health interest. The stream defining courses enable students to immerse themselves in active study of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives of health and wellbeing. These are externally delivered using a blended learning approach and include mandatory pre-semester workshops, scenario-based learning, sourcing and critiquing research literature and program and policy documentation, as well as individual, professional and group information sharing and reflection.