IKC100 Indigenous Health (8)

This subject introduces students to Indigenous Australian perspectives on health and well-being, and Indigenous-community controlled models of health care. It explores the underlying historical, political, social, economic and cultural factors contributing to contemporary Indigenous ill-health. It considers relationships between race, racism and health care to further explain Indigenous health outcomes. Students will apply a cultural competence approach to personal and professional models of health. The subject draws comparative lessons from Canada and New Zealand in Indigenous health outcomes.

Subject Outlines
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Session 1 (30)
Dubbo Campus
Session 2 (60)
Dubbo Campus
Session 3 (90)
Dubbo Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: IKC100. 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 Indigenous Australian Studies

Incompatible Subjects


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of Australian Indigenous perspectives on health and wellbeing
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of historical and contemporary factors contributing to Indigenous health status
  • be able to analyse relationships between culture, healthcare and health outcomes
  • be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the role of race and racism in health care provision
  • be able to apply a cultural competence approach to individual and professional models of health
  • be able to demonstrate skills in groupwork and professional communication


This subject will cover the following topics:

- Indigenous perspectives on health and well-being

- Models of health

- Historical factors and the impact on Indigenous health

- Contemporary factors impacting on Indigenous health

- Culture, healthcare and health outcomes

- Race, Racism and Health Care

- Cross-cultural communication

- Cultural Safety

- Introduction to cultural competence

- Applying cultural competence to individual and professional health models 

- Indigenous Health in Comparative Context

- Reconciliation and future directions in Indigenous health


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or ask@csu.edu.au 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 334 733 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2019 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: September 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.