Policy Processes in Aboriginal Health

Subject 505-436 (2008)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2008.Search for this in the current handbook

Credit Points: 12.500
Level: Graduate/Postgraduate
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2008:

Semester 1, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable


Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 2 x 2 day intensives (6hrs per day) during the semester.
Total Time Commitment: Students should expect a total time commitment outside the stated contact hours of at least three hours for each hour of contact in this subject.
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/disability


Centre for the Study of Health & Society
Subject Overview:

This subject reviews the historical, social, economic and cultural factors influencing structures and practices central to the policy process in Aboriginal health. Students explore the context of the policy process at macro, meso and micro levels in terms of current evidence concerning health status, key health demographics, social determinants of Aboriginal health, models of health and illness, funding approaches and equity questions. They examine federal, state and local jurisdictions in Aboriginal health policy, capacity issues and enablers and barriers to policy implementation. The subject covers governance in Aboriginal health, participation, conceptual models of health and illness, social justice questions and policy approaches such as community control, partnership, shared responsibility, whole-of-government and self-determination. The content is brought into focus through specific analysis of particular Aboriginal health policies and consideration of the practice implications for socially aware, self-reflexive health professionals.

Assessment: Case study: 15 minute oral presentation with accompanying PowerPoint notes and 500 word briefing paper due mid semester (40%). Essay totalling 2, 500 words due end of semester (60%).
Prescribed Texts: None
Recommended Texts:

A set of recommended readings will be available for purchase.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Links to further information: http://www.sph.unimelb.edu.au
Notes: This subject is a Group 1 elective in the Master of Public Health.

Subject Coordinator: Dr Bill Genat 8344 9375

Related Course(s): Graduate Diploma in Social Health
Graduate Diploma in Social Health (Medical Anthropology)

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