This unit aims to prepare students to work with Aboriginal people, families and community. It provides theoretical and practical knowledge about relevant models of community development in Aboriginal communities. The unit will expand understanding on Aboriginal cultures and equip students with foundation skills to work with Aboriginal communities on localised projects. The course begins by introducing students to philosophies and practices of cultural competence in an Aboriginal community health service environment, and completion of 6 online modules on cultural competence. Students will be introduced to key concepts of Aboriginal health service delivery and apply these to local Aboriginal communities. Historical and political contexts (determinants) of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health will be explored. Students will build on these skills and knowledge by working with an Aboriginal community on a 4 week community development project. Students will gain experience in working with Aboriginal communities through their placement in a health service organisation or similar. The placement options include Aboriginal Community Controlled organisations, and the Unit of Study endeavours to match the location of the project placement with that required by student, however this may not always be feasible. The FHS provides no financial support for attendance at the project placement and you are expected to cover the costs for travel, accommodation and incidentals.
6x2-hr workshops, 2 x 1 -hr debriefing sessions (in person), and online learning activities.
Pre-fieldwork preparation paper 1000wd (15%), completion of online cultural competence modules and 250 word critical reflection (30%) participation and contribution to online learning activities and discussion (10%), Fieldwork critical reflection and report (45%),
Kickett-Tucker, D et al (Eds) Mia Mia Aboriginal Community Development-fostering cultural security. Melbourne, Australia: Cambridge University Press.
Students are required to attend an interview with the unit of study course coordinator prior to enrolling (please email to arrange) and consult with their course director to ensure that there are no timetable conflicts with other Units of Study also being undertaken during semester 2.
Successful completion of 72 credit points in an undergraduate degree