Course Outline

HLT150 Indigenous Wellbeing Foundations

Course Coordinator:Kathryn Wenham ( School:School of Health - Public Health

2023Semester 2

UniSC Sunshine Coast

UniSC Caboolture

UniSC Fraser Coast

Blended learning Most of your course is on campus but you may be able to do some components of this course online.

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teaching sessions and campuses where this course is usually offered.

What is this course about?


This foundation course will develop your knowledge for Indigenous wellbeing, and skills for culturally safe professional practice. Working with Indigenous peoples requires you to have self-reflective skills for cultural humility, and knowledge of decolonisation methodologies in order to engage with Indigenous ways of knowing, doing and being. You will apply your developing knowledge of decolonisation methodologies and self-reflective skills to analyse historical, political, social, and cultural determinants contributing to contemporary Indigenous wellbeing.

How will this course be delivered?

Activity Hours Beginning Week Frequency
Blended learning
Learning materials – 2-hours of independent structured learning materials 2hrs Week 1 13 times
Tutorial/Workshop 1 – 2 hour workshop 2hrs Week 1 13 times
Seminar – One hour seminar 1hr Not applicable 2 times

Course Topics

Cultural capabilities 

Respect for First Nations Australians’ history, knowledges and perspectives

Reflection and cultural humility for health practitioners

Indigenous Determinants of Health Framework

Advocating for Indigenous Australian people’s health & wellbeing

What level is this course?

100 Level (Introductory)

Engaging with discipline knowledge and skills at foundational level, broad application of knowledge and skills in familiar contexts and with support. Limited or no prerequisites. Normally, associated with the first full-time study year of an undergraduate program.

What is the unit value of this course?

12 units

How does this course contribute to my learning?

Course Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this course, you should be able to... Graduate Qualities Mapping Completing these tasks successfully will contribute to you becoming... Professional Standard Mapping * International Union for Health Promotion and Education
1 Define and practice the concepts of cultural humility and self-reflexivity in relation to Indigenous Australian People's health & wellbeing. Ethical
A.1, A.4, B.4, 1.2, 4.2
2 Identify and explain key determinants that impact or contribute to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander People's health & wellbeing. Knowledgeable
B.3, A.5, 1.2, 4.1, 4.3, 6.4
3 Demonstrate skills in advocating for Indigenous health & wellbeing equity. Empowered
A.1, B.2, A.4, A.5, 1.2, 2.1, 2.3, 4.1, 4.3, 4.4

* Competencies by Professional Body

International Union for Health Promotion and Education
A.1 Health as a human right, which is central to human development
B.2 The concepts of health equity, social justice and health as a human right as the basis for health promotion action
B.3 The determinants of health and their implications for health promotion action
A.4 Addressing health inequities, social injustice, and prioritising the needs of those experiencing poverty and social marginalisation
B.4 The impact of social and cultural diversity on health and health inequities and the Implications for health promotion action
A.5 Addressing the political, economic, social, cultural, environmental, behavioural and biological determinants of health and wellbeing
1.2 Use health promotion approaches which support empowerment, participation, partnership and equity to create environments and settings which promote health
2.1 Use advocacy strategies and techniques which reflect health promotion principles
2.3 Raise awareness of and influence public opinion on health issues
4.1 Use effective communication skills including written, verbal, non­verbal, and listening skills
4.2 Use information technology and other media to receive and disseminate health promotion information
4.3 Use culturally appropriate communication methods and techniques for specific groups and settings
4.4 Use interpersonal communication and groupwork skills to facilitate individuals, groups, communities and organisations to improve health and reduce health inequities.
6.4 Identify the determinants of health which impact on health promotion action

Am I eligible to enrol in this course?

Refer to the UniSC Glossary of terms for definitions of “pre-requisites, co-requisites and anti-requisites”.


Not applicable


Not applicable


Not applicable

Specific assumed prior knowledge and skills (where applicable)

Not applicable

How am I going to be assessed?

Grading Scale

Standard Grading (GRD)

High Distinction (HD), Distinction (DN), Credit (CR), Pass (PS), Fail (FL).

Details of early feedback on progress

You will receive early formative feedback through your written Task 1a 'Reflection Exercise' from your tutor in the week 3 workshop.

Assessment tasks

Delivery mode Task No. Assessment Product Individual or Group Weighting % What is the duration / length? When should I submit? Where should I submit it?
All 1 Journal Individual 30%
2x 300 word per reflection
Refer to Format Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All 2 Essay Individual 40%
750 words
Week 8 Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All 3 Oral and Written Piece Group 30%
Presentation 3 minutes and 2000 words
Refer to Format In Class
All - Assessment Task 1:Reflection Journal
The goal of this task is to demonstrate your ability to engage in the process of cultural humility (lifelong learning), by practicing self-reflexivity to be an effective and culturally safe health practitioner for Indigenous Australians' health & wellbeing.
Product: Journal
Submit: Weeks 3, 6.
During this course, you will be asked to record your reflections on set topics related to the weekly readings & workshops in a Learning Reflection Journal. The Learning Reflection Journal is a narrative of your progress in understanding key concepts of the five cultural capabilities and a self-reflection of your own development towards lifelong learning relating to Indigenous health and wellbeing. To be written in first person.
Response limit is 300 words. 
Further details for this task will be made available via the Canvas course site
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Demonstration of understanding key concepts
Evidence and practice of cultural humility and self-reflexivity relating to key concepts, theories and/or strategies presented in the weekly workshop/readings
All - Assessment Task 2:Visual representation and explanation
The goal of this task is for you to identify key concepts covered in weeks two to seven and explain how this impacts on or contributes to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People's health and wellbeing, using Indigenous Australian perspectives as your frame of reference.
Product: Essay
For this assessment task, you are required to submit a visual representation accompanied by a 750 word written explanation relating to a First Nations Peoples' health and wellbeing topic and how it relates to a structured Indigenous determinants framework. 

Additional details about the available topics, and the format for the visual representation and accompanying document will be made available on Canvas.
Referencing in Vancouver style is required.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Identification of cultural capability key concept relating to topic
Explanation of how at least one cultural capability concept impacts on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People’s health & wellbeing
Application of Indigenous Determinants of Health Framework
Adherence to culturally appropriate terminology
All - Assessment Task 3:Advocacy Exercise
This goal of this task is to develop your advocacy skills to address an equity issue impacting Indigenous health and wellbeing in Australia.
Product: Oral and Written Piece
Submit: Weeks 12 & 13. 
In small groups, you are to apply the principles of an equity framework to a current health priority. You will prepare a 3 minute presentation to advocate for equity and submit a 2000 word written campaign plan
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Evidence of collaboration
Effectiveness of oral speech to communicate an Australian Indigenous health & wellbeing equity priority
Ability to apply your knowledge and understanding of advocacy principles to promote an Australian Indigenous health & wellbeing equity priority

Directed study hours

A 12-unit course will have total of 150 learning hours which will include directed study hours (including online if required), self-directed learning and completion of assessable tasks. Student workload is calculated at 12.5 learning hours per one unit.


Period and Topic Activities
1. Introduction to course and cultural capabilities
2. Historical context: pre-colonial and post-colonial Australia
3. Diversity of First Nations Australians. 
Cultural self and healthcare, critical self-reflection & cultural humility
Task 1a formative assessment, Task 1b Reflection Journal
4. Racism & implicit bias in healthcare.
White Privilege
5. Population health (Indigenous Australian demographics & health statistics). 
Social & cultural determinants of health
6. Deficit discourse and Strengths-based approaches.
Two-ways knowing
7. Culturally safe communication.
Decolonising methodologies
8. Protocols for engagement with Indigenous Australians
Task 2 Essay
9. Partnerships.
Indigenous health professionals
Task 1b Reflection Journal
10. Human rights & equity 
Indigenous Australian Leadership
11. Reconciliation & National Healing
Task 3 Advocacy presentations
Task 3 Advocacy presentations

What resources do I need to undertake this course?

Please note: Course information, including specific information of recommended readings, learning activities, resources, weekly readings, etc. are available on the course Canvas site– Please log in as soon as possible.

Prescribed text(s) or course reader

There are no required/recommended resources for this course.

Specific requirements


How are risks managed in this course?

Health and safety risks for this course have been assessed as low. It is your responsibility to review course material, search online, discuss with lecturers and peers and understand the health and safety risks associated with your specific course of study and to familiarise yourself with the University’s general health and safety principles by reviewing the online induction training for students, and following the instructions of the University staff.

What administrative information is relevant to this course?

Assessment: Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is the ethical standard of university participation.  It ensures that students graduate as a result of proving they are competent in their discipline.  This is integral in maintaining the value of academic qualifications. Each industry has expectations and standards of the skills and knowledge within that discipline and these are reflected in assessment.

Academic integrity means that you do not engage in any activity that is considered to be academic fraud; including plagiarism, collusion or outsourcing any part of any assessment item to any other person.  You are expected to be honest and ethical by completing all work yourself and indicating in your work which ideas and information were developed by you and which were taken from others. You cannot provide your assessment work to others. You are also expected to provide evidence of wide and critical reading, usually by using appropriate academic references.

In order to minimise incidents of academic fraud, this course may require that some of its assessment tasks, when submitted to Canvas, are electronically checked through Turnitin.  This software allows for text comparisons to be made between your submitted assessment item and all other work to which Turnitin has access.

Assessment: Additional Requirements

Eligibility for Supplementary Assessment

Your eligibility for supplementary assessment in a course is dependent of the following conditions applying:

The final mark is in the percentage range 47% to 49.4%
The course is graded using the Standard Grading scale
You have not failed an assessment task in the course due to academic misconduct

Assessment: Submission penalties

Late submission of assessment tasks may be penalised at the following maximum rate: 
- 5% (of the assessment task's identified value) per day for the first two days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- 10% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the third day - 20% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the fourth day and subsequent days up to and including seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- A result of zero is awarded for an assessment task submitted after seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. Weekdays and weekends are included in the calculation of days late. To request an extension you must contact your course coordinator to negotiate an outcome.


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