Koori Health for Nurses

Subject NURS90051 (2011)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.

Credit Points: 6.25
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2011:

Semester 2, Parkville - 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

On campus

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 18 hours lectures
Total Time Commitment: In addition to the subject contact hours, students are expected to devote approximately 3 hours a week to this subject.


Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements: 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 courses. Students who think their disability will impact on meeting this requirement are encouraged to discuss this matter with the Course Coordinator and the Disability Liaison Unit.


Dr Shaun Ewen, Ms Robyn Faulkner



Melbourne School of Health Sciences

The University of Melbourne

Level 5, 234 Queensberry St

Carlton Victoria 3010 AUSTRALIA

T: +61 3 8344 9401

F: +61 3 9347 4375

E: nursing-enquiries@unimelb.edu.au

W: www.nursing.unimelb.edu.au

Subject Overview: This subject provides students with an introduction to Koori Health. Upon completion of this subject, students will be expected to be able to situate themselves, and their profession, in terms of both the historical response to colonisation, and their continuing professional practice with Koori people.

At the completion of this subject students should be able to:

  • understand the significance of social, environmental, economic and historical factors for contemporary Koori Health;
  • develop a coherent personal and professional approach in relation to Koori health, which is reflective and informed by understandings about cultural difference, Indigenous history and racism;
  • recognise Koori aspirations regarding health and health care, including cultural autonomy and self determination;
  • demonstrate their understanding of these issues in their interactions with Koori patients, their families and Koori health staff, and in their approaches to primary health care.

  1. 10-minute oral group presentation (40%) - Throughout semester
  2. 2,000-word written assignment (60%) - Due week 10
Prescribed Texts:

Eckermann, A., Dowd, T., Chong, E., Nixon, L., Gray, R.,& Johnson, S. (2006). Binan Goonj; bridging cultures in Aboriginal health (2nd ed.). Sydney: Elsevier Churchill Livingstone.

Perrin, R. (2009). Pocket guide to APA style (3rded.). Boston: Houghton Mifflin College.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

At the completion of this subject, students should be able to demonstrate:

  • the capacity for information seeking, retrieval and evaluation;
  • critical thinking and analytical skills;
  • an openness to new ideas;
  • cultural safety;
  • planning and time management skills;
  • the ability to work effectively in a team;
  • the ability to communicate knowledge through classroom and web-based discussions and written material.
Related Course(s): Master of Nursing Science

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