Course Outline

NUR332 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health and Cultural Safety

Course Coordinator:Lynne Stuart ( School:School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine

2022Semester 2


Online You can do this course without coming onto campus.

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teaching sessions and campuses where this course is usually offered.

What is this course about?


This course will enable nursing and midwifery students to analyse practices and issues related to the provision of health care and health education where health providers and clients share culturally diverse backgrounds. Particular interest will be given to: the health inequities that are currently present in the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population in comparison to their mainstream Australian counterparts; and developing the skills and knowledge that nursing and midwifery students need to communicate effectively to work with people from cultures other than their own.

How will this course be delivered?

Activity Hours Beginning Week Frequency
Online – Online asynchronous learning and teaching recording. Information session/drop-in via Zoom. 4hrs Week 1 13 times

Course Topics

The impact of colonisation on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People’s health, origins of cultural safety and the code of ethics and the code of conduct.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders maternal, child and family health, and the National Health Plan and Closing the Gap.

Past government policies and the adverse impacts on the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s today.

What level is this course?

300 Level (Graduate)

Demonstrating coherence and breadth or depth of knowledge and skills. Independent application of knowledge and skills in unfamiliar contexts. Meeting professional requirements and AQF descriptors for the degree. May require pre-requisites where discipline specific introductory or developing knowledge or skills is necessary. Normally undertaken in the third or fourth 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 Completing these tasks successfully will contribute to you becoming...
1 Reflect on and apply professional standards, guidelines and codes of practice as they relate to culturally safe decision making and practice Creative and critical thinker
2 Analyse information relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples' health in a context in order to formulate effective health care strategies, behaviours and communication Ethical
3 Explain the principles of cultural safety and apply to decision making in healthcare settings in ways that support the needs and aspirations of clients of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds Creative and critical thinker

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”.


NUR117 or NUR141 or HLT132 and enrolled in Program SC391, SC392, SC393


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

Task 1 - Assesses knowledge of the Professional Standards and Codes of Practice. This assessment prepares students for Task 2 and Task 3.

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 Quiz/zes Individual 0%
30 minutes
Week 4 Online Test (Quiz)
All 2 Artefact - Creative Individual 50%
1500 words and a 500 word synopsis
Week 9 Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All 3 Written Piece Individual 50%
2000 words
Exam Period Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All - Assessment Task 1:Review quiz
The aim of this task is for you review a range of professional standards, guidelines and practice codes in terms of their content relating to culture and professional practice. Undertaking this assessment will help you to prepare your final assessment in this course.
Product: Quiz/zes
You will access your on-line quiz on Canvas
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Knowledge and understanding of professional standards and codes of practice relating to culture
All - Assessment Task 2:Digital Poster health issue case study scenario.
The aim is for you to use information about a specific health issue relevant to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations, to produce a case study scenario analysis which informs decision making and best practice.
Product: Artefact - Creative
You will use information provided on the course Canvas site to develop a case study scenario analysis for a Digital poster presentation. You will: 

Build a case study scenario from the trigger material provided. 
Draw on relevant evidence and sources of information to analyse the case study scenario implications for decision making and practice. Make recommendations for best practice to respond to the health issue.

Full details and information together with poster framework and triggers will be provided on Canvas.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Analysis and explanation of key issues and concepts.
2 3
Explanation of evidence to support case study analysis.
Recommendations for best practice which respond to the needs and aspirations of clients.
Visual presentation of material in a poster format.
Information literacy skills: use of sources and citations, and application of referencing protocol APA 7.
All - Assessment Task 3:Written Assignment
The aim of this assessment task is for you to learn about and make the links between how history and past Australian government policies relating to Indigenous Australians, has generated the current politically engineered Indigenous health crises. You will demonstrate your understanding and knowledge as well as application of principles to decision making for healthcare. See Canvas for full details of the task.
Product: Written Piece
Individual assignment submission via Turnitin.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Analysis of credible sources in support of rationale and position taken in response to the assignment statement provided.
Reflection on and application to decision making for healthcare within a cultural framework that applies to the needs and aspirations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples’.
1 2
Analysis and explaination of the determinates of health that impact on the health status of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples' both in the past and today.
Reflection and explanation of the principles of cultural safety, and how these transfer into practice.
1 3
Information literacy skills: use of sources and citations, application of referencing protocol APA 7.

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.

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

Please note that you need to have regular access to the resource(s) listed below. Resources may be required or recommended.

Required? Author Year Title Edition Publisher
Required Odette Best,Bronwyn Fredericks 2017 Yatdjuligin n/a Cambridge University Press

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

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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