Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject will provide you with a broad understanding of health and wellbeing among Indigenous, culturally and linguistically diverse communities. This understanding is important for people working with diverse populations in healthcare settings who need to develop culturally-appropriate health promotion initiatives. Through guest and expert presentations, workshops and consideration of theoretical frameworks, you will cover topics such as risk factors to diseases, interactions with healthcare institutions and services, Australian settlement and migrations policies, and inequities of gender to good health and wellbeing. Your learning in this subject will be assessed through participation in group work and producing individual written work.

SchoolSchool of Psychology & Public Health

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorSusan Chong

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules



Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsEthnicity, health and primary care.RecommendedKai, J (ed) 2003OXFORD UNI PRESS, OXFORD.

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Students should be able to critically analyse how the background of Indigenous and culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) persons can influence their health status and (a) identify patterns of health and illness among different ethnic groups, eg. Indigenous populations and immigrant and refugee groups; (b) discuss the differences of these patterns vis-a-vis the host population (ie. Anglo-Australian); (c) articulate the reasons why people emigrate to, or seek refuge in, another country, gain an understanding of push-pull factors for migration, and identify current government polices on migration.

Exam and individual essay.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

02. Students should be able to examine the factors that may contribute to the health risks, for non-communicable diseases (NCDs), among different populations and (a) compare lifestyle factors, such as diet and exercise, between CALD and host populations; (b) examine how cultural and social factors shape people's experience of health and illness, with particular reference to western societies.

Group presentation and exam.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills

03. Students should be able to apply a framework or theoretical perspective to argue the need for culturally sensitive health promotion initiatives and services, and (a) identify the social and cultural factors that shape individual's experiences; (b) critically reflect on students' own cultural and social experiences, as well as the experiences of other diverse CALD groups; (c) identify organisations/community/health centres/local government agencies in Victoria that cater to Indigenous and CALD groups and describe the services they provide.

Individual essay and exam.
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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2018, Semester 2, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorSusan Chong

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
One 1.0 hours lecture per week from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.

WorkShop Week: 32 - 43
One 2.0 hours workshop per week from week 32 to week 43 and delivered via blended.


Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Group presentation (equiv 1,000 words)20 02
Online quiz (equiv 1,000 words)35 01, 02, 03
Project proposal (equiv 1,500 words)45 01, 03