CHP303 Contemporary Illnesses of Indigenous Australians (16)

This subject provides a theoretical and practical overview of the major illnesses affecting Indigenous Australians today, the conditions under which they prevail and how these illnesses can be identified and treated.

Subject Outlines
Current CSU students can view Subject Outlines for recent sessions. Please note that Subject Outlines and assessment tasks are updated each session.

No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2018.

Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Nursing, Midwifery and Indigenous Health

Assumed Knowledge
CHP301 and CHP302

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • list and describe the major illnesses being experienced by Indigenous Australians today
  • demonstrate an understanding of the relation between lifestyle and the general state of Aboriginal health, particularly in relation to: cardiac disease; pulmonary disease; diabetes
  • sexually transmitted diseases; renal disease; mental health; skin disorders
  • analyse research studies relating to Aboriginal health status
  • carry out a minor research study into an aspect of Aboriginal health


This subject will cover the following topics:

* Concepts of illness, health and wellbeing from an Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal perspective. * Classifications of illnesses. * Major illnesses affecting Indigenous Australians - history. * Lifestyle effects on health and wellbeing of Indigenous Australians. * Identification and treatment of major illnesses affecting Indigenous Australians. * Types of research into Aboriginal health. * Shortcomings of research. * Developing, carrying out and reporting research.

Residential School

This subject contains a 3 day Compulsory Residential School.


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.