In the health profession, it is a requirement that you are able to perform person-centred care in a culturally competent manner. This requirement exists because all people deserve to be treated with respect and dignity regardless of their beliefs, values or attitudes. This unit is required by students to provide the foundation for culturally competent practice through the lens of Indigenous Australian culture to ensure graduates enter the workforce as culturally competent practitioners.
The social-historical-political context, cultural knowledges, and related health issues of Indigenous peoples across the world and in Australia will be the focus of this unit. The concept of globalisation will be introduced and explored with reference to the health of Indigenous peoples. Students will then examine the historical context of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ health, contemporary issues in healthcare provision, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ ways of knowing, being and doing. The impact of current strategies to close the gap in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health care will be examined, along with ways that the health care system can respond to the health needs of this group. The notion of culturally competent care will be introduced, and students will start to develop knowledge and skills needed to provide culturally competent care to people from diverse cultural backgrounds.
The aim of this unit is to provide health students with a solid foundation on which to build cultural competency across their undergraduate program - knowledge and skills that they will need to apply to their future health care practice. Aligned with cultural competence are principles of community engagement - in this unit, students will be introduced to community engagement and explore how they can apply these principles throughout their time at ACU and beyond.