IND734 - Australian Aboriginal Holistic Health and Healing


2025 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 2: Online
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Cohort rule: Nil


Corequisite: Nil
Incompatible with: Nil
Scheduled learning activities - online

1 x 1-hour online lecture per week

1 x 1-hour online seminar (interactive) per week

Approximately 1-hour of online learning tasks and discussions per week


This unit critically evaluates theories, policies, research reports and practices currently being implemented for the Social and Emotional Health, Healing and Wellbeing of Australian Aboriginal people. Health promotion frameworks will contextualise the initial and ongoing impact of colonisation on Aboriginal peoples' social and emotional health and wellbeing, and students will independently identify an aspect of Aboriginal health and wellbeing to research. Community and individual health is understood to be a complex relationship that is interdependent and holistic, connected to the land and incorporating the past and the future.

The critical role of universal indigenous healing programs and 'place-based' decolonising strategies will be analysed with examples of effective trauma, substance abuse, mental health programs and other current initiatives. Cultural approaches to health and healing along with the need to develop appropriate engagement protocols will be discussed. Students will examine the dynamics of Community and population specific health, including alternative medicines, plants and healing practices in order to adapt and implement culturally appropriate solutions to these complex challenges.

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