IND204 - Australian Aboriginal Holistic Health and Healing

Unit details


2024 unit information

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

IND101 OR IND102

Incompatible with: Nil
Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the trimester undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

This will include educator guided online learning activities within the unit site.

Educator-facilitated (scheduled) learning activities - online unit enrolment:

Online learning experiences are via the unit site including a 1 x 1-hour lecture per week (recordings provided) and an interactive 1-hour online seminar. An online forum will also be maintained and students will be expected to engage.


The unit examines Australian Aboriginal holistic approaches to Social and Emotional Health, Healing and Wellbeing. Theoretical frameworks for health and healing will contextualise the initial and ongoing impact of colonisation on Aboriginal peoples' social and emotional health. Exploring the broadest determinants of health, this unit emphasises the need for community and individual health to be understood as interdependent and holistic, connected to the land and incorporating the past and the future.

The critical role of Australian Aboriginal healing programs and 'place-based' decolonising strategies will be analysed with examples of effective trauma, substance abuse, mental health programs and other current initiatives. Current approaches to health and healing will be examined through the lens of Community, Women's and Men's health and healing, including alternative medicines, plants and healing practices.

ULO These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit. At the completion of this unit, successful students can: Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

Critically reflect on the complex structural and interdependent relationships within Australian Aboriginal holistic health, and examine the consequences of colonisation to develop a health campaign that improves health, and social and emotional wellbeing outcomes.

GLO1: Discipline specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO5: Problem solving

GLO8: Global citizenship


Critically analyse and apply modes of universal wellbeing within an Australian Aboriginal context, and critically analyse and apply models of universal wellbeing within an Australian Aboriginal model.

GLO1: Discipline specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO8: Global citizenship


Draw on digital resources to research integrate, and discuss the range of Australian Aboriginal Community led programs and identify the key components of these successful initiatives.

GLO2: Communication

GLO3: Digital literacy

GLO8: Global citizenship


Work independently to reflect upon and discuss the significance and importance of cultural approaches to health and wellbeing and the knowledge's and practices located within Women's, Men's and Community health domains.

GLO2: Communication

GLO5: Problem solving

GLO6: Self-management

GLO8: Global citizenship


Evaluate and apply alternative health approaches and their ongoing contributions to health and healing, and reflect on the role of Country and spirituality in health and wellbeing initiatives.

GLO1: Discipline specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO8: Global citizenship

These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year.


Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1 - Critical self reflection 1200 words
or equivalent
30% Week 5
Assessment 2 - Essay  1500 words
or equivalent
40% Week 8
Assessment 3 - Health Campaign 1300 words
or equivalent
30% Week 12

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link below: IND204 Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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