IKC100 Indigenous Australian Health (8)

This subject develops knowledge of the health and well-being perspectives of Indigenous Australian peoples. It will enhance understandings of the underlying historical, political, social, economic and cultural factors that contribute to Indigenous health in a contemporary context. It examines a range of social, cultural, historical, and institutional factors that impact on the contemporary health experiences of Indigenous Australian and non-Indigenous Australian peoples using a relational framework. It develops skills in critical thinking, reflection, and analysis for reflexive practice within the health professions.


Session 1 (30)
Dubbo Campus
Session 2 (60)
Dubbo Campus
Session 3 (90)
Dubbo Campus
Micro Session 6 (84)
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

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to describe, analyse and theorise individual and collective standpoint in relation to Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples' historical experiences of the health professions;
  • be able to investigate, compare and reflect on health practices and the social determinants of health for Indigenous Australians;
  • be able to critically reflect on historical and socio-economic factors that frame Indigenous Australian peoplesí health and critique deficit paradigms and their impact on health service provision to Indigenous Australians;
  • be able to critically examine how the invention of racial science influences historical and contemporary structures of Australian society and its health institutions;
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of the significance of Indigenous Australian perspectives on health and wellbeing through reflection on contemporary Australian health practice and service delivery; and
  • be able to relate and map new knowledge and understandings to demonstrate ethical practice in the health professions, and to explore principles for respectful partnerships with Indigenous Australian communities.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Module 1: Standpoint investigations (LO1, LO4)
  • Standpoint investigations: institutions and historical narratives
  • Standpoint investigations: Social and cultural spheres
  • Examining racial influences: Historical and contemporary institutions
  • Critical reflexivity in group work and the professions
  • Module 2: History, health and society (LO1, LO2, LO3, LO5)
  • Historical and contemporary health policy and practice
  • Social determinants of health
  • Beyond deficit discourses
  • Indigenous Australian perspectives on health and well-being
  • Module 3: Application to health professions (LO1, LO6)
  • Mapping professional practice
  • Ethical and professional responsibilities
  • Principles of respectful partnerships
  • Conceptualising a collaborative project to determine community needs

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of IKC100 in Session 3 2021. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Reflections: foundation setting
Information package
Professional practice document

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: June 2022. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.