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.


Session 1 (30)
Bathurst 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

Grading System



One session


School of Nursing, Midwifery and Indigenous Health

Enrolment Restrictions

Only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Nursing course and Bachelor of Nursing - Graduate Diploma of Clinical Practice (Paramedic).


( 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).


This 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.

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of NRS212 in Session 3 2020. 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 %
Reflective learning journal
Report: indigenous health & the nursing profession

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.