NRS212 Indigenous Australian Cultures, Health and Nursing (8)


This subject aims to develop an understanding of the cultures and historical background for the health and wellbeing of Indigenous Australian peoples living in Australia. This subject will focus on contemporary models of healthcare delivery and wellness. Students will be given the opportunity to explore their own journey to Indigenous Australian cultural competence and nursing behaviours. Consideration will be given to developing culturally competent health care behaviours that increase the capacity of nurse clinicians to work with Indigenous Australian peoples across the lifespan in various health care settings thus leading to a culturally responsive workforce of the future.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 1
DistanceBathurst Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: NRS212
Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One session HD/FLSchool of Nursing, Midwifery and Indigenous Health

Enrolment restrictions

Only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Nursing course.
(NRS113 and NRS121) or NRS191

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to apply Indigenous Australian cultural competence to nursing practice (aligns with Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia National Competency Standards for the Registered Nurse: 2.1, 2.3, 2.4, 7.8, 9.2, 9.5).
  • be able to reflect on the context of Indigenous health and nursing (NMBA 1.2, 2.1, 4.4, 9.2).
  • be able to reflect on and evaluate personal values and beliefs through their own culture and in respect to Indigenous Australian cultures (NMBA 1.3, 2.3, 4.4, 9.5).
  • be able to discuss Indigenous Australian cultures and historical backgrounds and examine legislation, policies and practices that have impacted on Indigenous Australian identity, cultures and health (NMBA 2.4, 9.3, 9.5).
  • be able to articulate the relationship between historical, cultural, legislative, policy and practice factors, that affect the health and wellbeing of Indigenous Australians and their implications for nursing, health care provision and health systems responsiveness (NMBA 2.3, 2.4, 7.8, 9.3, 9.5).


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Indigenous Australian Cultural Competence: Models and application of Indigenous Australian cultural competence to nursing practice.
  • Indigenous Australian Culture and Histories: Pre-contact cultures, invasion, colonisation, dispossession, past policies, legislation and practices (inclusive of race and racism).
  • Contemporary Indigenous Australian Health, Wellness and Culture: Contemporary Indigenous Australian health (with particular attention to the National Health priorities). Indigenous Australian perspectives on health and wellbeing (cultural construction, wellbeing and healers). Comparative models of health.
  • Professional Nursing Skills in relation to nursing Indigenous Australians across the lifespan: Indigenous Australian cultural competence in relation to professional nursing skills (communication, reflection, respect, awareness, safety and partnerships).
  • Health workforce responsiveness/National Health priorities in relation to Indigenous Australians across the lifespan: Healthcare settings and the Indigenous Australian workforce. National health priorities. A culturally responsive workforce from the primary health care lens.


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.