University of Technology Sydney

95745 First Nations Health and Wellbeing

Requisite(s): (60 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C10360 Bachelor of Public Health OR 60 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C10410 Bachelor of Public Health Bachelor of Sustainability and Environment OR 60 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C10396 Bachelor of Public Health Bachelor of International Studies OR 60 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C10441 Bachelor of Health Sciences Bachelor of Languages and Cultures) AND 95735 Indigenous Health and Wellbeing) OR ((42 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C09169 Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) OR 42 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C10477 Bachelor of Psychology OR 42 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C10478 Bachelor of Psychology Bachelor of Criminology)


The theme of this subject is ‘thinking globally, acting locally’ and engaging with First Nations people, cultures, knowledges and evidence in doing so. First Nations people, Indigenous to over 90 countries around the world, have diverse cultures and many similarities too, including ongoing connections to place, identity, and spirituality since time immemorial.

Indigenous people experience many health and social issues in common, and these are of significance to all humans and to planetary health also – climate change, pandemics, racism, poverty and other social determinants of health, intersectionality, data sovereignty, systemic and social processes of disempowerment, and ecocidal behaviour.

These are all of relevance to local health service delivery, research and policy too; recent Australian legislation and health industry regulation developments enshrine cultural safety as a health care quality issue and a right; the onus is on all health professionals to have knowledge, skills and capabilities to work safely cross-culturally.

This subject explores drivers and solutions to issues of global health significance, and in practical terms locally how health professionals are able to respond with First Nations people and protocols. Featured are good practices by culturally responsive organisations, as well as partnerships between mainstream and First Nations’ organisations – what strategies do they use to create the conditions for culturally safe health care and ethical practice? What metrics and instruments of measurement do they use and how do they identify and overcome gaps? What models of care support multi-level empowerment and are they transferable across diverse jurisdictions, settings and populations?

In answering these and other questions through scenario-based and service-learning activities, this subject explores the skills that health professionals of the future need to ensure their reflexivity, accountable use of legislation, rights and policies and intergenerational knowledge exchange – looking across their personal and professional lifespan.

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