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 Availability Modes and Location

Session 1
OnlineDubbo Campus
Session 2
OnlineDubbo Campus
Session 3
OnlineDubbo 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

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Indigenous Australian Studies

Enrolment restrictions

Incompatible subject(s)

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
- be able to demonstrate an understanding of Australian Indigenous perspectives on health and well-being - 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


The 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


The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 23 February 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.