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Indigenous Health and Cultural Safety (NUR117)

Organisational Unit Nursing
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S2N-internal
MANDURAH: S2N-internal
Description This unit focuses on understanding the impact of culture on the health of Indigenous people and those from culturally diverse backgrounds. Historical, economic and psycho-sociocultural determinants that impact on health will be investigated. Topics relevant to the provision of cultural nursing care including models of culture and cultural parameters of health beliefs, and family patterns and socialisation will be examined. Clinical skills development for nursing care will focus on cultural competence, cross-cultural communication, cultural health assessment, and liaison and advocacy.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit you should be able to:
1. Discuss the varied psycho socio-cultural models and frameworks of health.
2. Discuss the historic and economic impacts on Indigenous health in a global and local context.
3. Differentiate and discuss the urban, regional, and rural and remote health care settings in relation to health service provision for Indigenous and culturally diverse consumers.
4. Demonstrate a clear understanding of the social determinants of health and wellbeing from the global and
Australian Indigenous perspectives.
5. Discuss the concepts related to cultural nursing care and competent practice.
6. Demonstrate the knowledge and skills required to provide cultural nursing care.
7. Discuss the principal health issues confronting Indigenous people and those from culturally and linguistically diverse
backgrounds; and understand the national health priorities for both groups
Timetabled Learning Activities Tutorials: 2 hours per week
Unit Learning Experiences This unit incorporates structured timetabled learning in the form of interactive lectures and timetabled semi-structured learning in the form of tutorials. Tutorial learning activities are designed to facilitate critical thinking, reflection and reflexivity, and peer collaboration and interaction. The unit also includes blended learning strategies reflected in self-directed learning activities and online interactive tools. The unit is divided into twelve weekly modules, each providing a short overview of the topic, learning outcomes, tutorial activities, and direction to reading and other online resources.
Other Learning Experiences Lecture: 1 hour per week, pre-recorded and available via ECHO through the web unit on the learning management system.
Assessment The assessments are aimed at providing students with the opportunity to critique issues such as sociocultural factors and cultural misunderstandings which impede contemporary indigenous health provision, and to compare and contrast western, Indigenous and multicultural traditional models of health care and demonstrate awareness of contemporary health care provision.
Prerequisites Enrolment in Bachelor of Nursing
Notes Students enrolled in the 2nd year of their Bachelor of Nursing in 2020 should enrol in NUR210, whilst students commencing the first year of their degree in 2020 should enrol in NUR117.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Nursing (BNurs) [New in 2016]
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


Unit Coordinator
Associate Professor Caroline Nilson
Associate Professor Nursing

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2055
e: C.Nilson@murdoch.edu.au
o: 461.3.003 - BITL, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts

MANDURAH: S2N-Internal
MURDOCH: S2N-Internal
Associate Professor Caroline Nilson
Associate Professor Nursing

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2055
e: C.Nilson@murdoch.edu.au
o: 461.3.003 - BITL, Murdoch Campus
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