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MID2202 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander: Health and Cultural Practices for the Midwife

Units : 1
School or Department : School of Nursing and Midwifery
Grading basis : Graded
Course fee schedule : https://www.unisq.edu.au/current-students/administration/fees/fee-schedules
Version produced : 26 March 2023


Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in the following Program: BMID


The research has shown that the health of Indigenous Australians is at significantly lower levels than that of non-Indigenous Australians. This is particularly evident in the area of maternal, newborn and child health care. Australia is a multi-cultural society and it is now imperative that health professionals can recognise different cultures and provide safe cultural health care. This course will provide students with the opportunity to study culture, especially Indigenous culture. Examining the history, health, wellness and culture will provide the student with the background to examine their own beliefs and values as well as issues related to midwifery practice.

This course aims to provide the student with the knowledge and skills to be able to identify and explore Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people history, identity, health, wellness and culture. Students will be able to identify inequalities in in the health status of individuals and their families. They will gain an understanding of the maternity care needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and their families and to ensure that midwifery care is culturally safe. They will learn about, and respect, customary law. They will further develop their knowledge and skills to work with people from cultures other than their own. The principles of Primary Health Care will be included in the strategies for care to enable women and their families to have access to affordable, equitable and appropriate midwifery care. Intercultural interactions are examined and strategies discussed for positive relationships to be developed.

Course offers

Study period Mode Campus
Session 2, 2023 Online
Date printed 26 March 2023