Indigenous Health Promotion (PUBH5118)


Health promotion in an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander context requires investment in building the human capital and capabilities of the population within a paradigm of hope. You will first acquire an understanding of the distal, medial and proximal determinants of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and the subsequent risk factors that have resulted in high rates of morbidity and mortality. You will also learn how to ethically engage with and consult Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and understand how the often unintentional misuse of power can deny disadvantaged people the right to take control of their health and wellbeing. You will then apply these skills and understanding in a compulsory workshop to draft a health promotion plan that addresses a priority health issue in an urban, regional or remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community. The conceptual and technical tools learned may then be built upon and applied to any health issue in any setting and with any population.

Further unit of study information


1 x 2-day compulsory workshop and preparatory online activities.


1 x 3000 word essay (70%), reflective journal (10%), online quizzes (20%)


Course materials will be provided.

Faculty/department permission required?


Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.