Bachelor of Health Science in Indigenous Health Studies
The Bachelor of Health Science in Indigenous Health Studies
is a flexibly delivered degree offered in partnership with the
Illawarra Institute of Technology (TAFE NSW) Shellharbour campus.
The course can also be done entirely through the University.
The degree provides students with the knowledge and skills to
effectively address Indigenous health issues. Areas covered include:
community health, community development and cultural issues.
Indigenous health workers graduate with professional accreditation,
based on a competency-based program that is linked to the Aboriginal
Health Worker award.
This course also complements study in related areas, for example
Population Health or Psychology.
Entry Requirements / Assumed Knowledge
Domestic School leavers are recommended to have completed 2
units of Aboriginal Studies at HSC level. Alternative pathways
exist for mature age domestic students. Even if you have not
completed the current NSW HSC (or equivalent) in full, or you
did not receive the required entry mark, you may still qualify
During the program students who complete the Advanced Diploma
in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health offered by TAFE
NSW, receive 72 credit points’ of advanced standing towards
the degree. This is followed by 1.5 years full-time study (or
part time equivalent) in the Indigenous Health program at the
University to complete a further 72 credit points of approved
subjects. These may include complementary subjects from population
health, Aboriginal studies and nursing.
This is a fully articulated multidisciplinary program with multiple
entry and exit points, and Recognised Prior Learning criteria.
A significant placement component is included to provide practical
as well as theoretical knowledge and skills in Indigenous culture,
health and community development.
The TAFE component of the course is offered in flexible delivery
mode. Students completing the course will be concurrently enrolled
at both the University of Wollongong and the Illawarra Institute
of Technology. Students should be aware that the TAFE component
of the program begins in February, earlier than normal session
Students should seek advice from an academic adviser at the
University or at TAFE before enrolling in this program. Students
wishing to undertake part-time study in the TAFE component must
discuss this with the TAFE coordinator:
Ms Sandra Bolack
Head Teacher, Nursing Unit
The Illawarra Institute of Technology (TAFE NSW)
Phone: 4295 2289
Fax: 4295 2114
TAFE Advanced Diploma in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
And / or
||Effective Communication in Health Care Relationships
|| Social Science Perspectives on Health and
||Current Services in Aboriginal Health
||Functional Community Structures
||Comparitive Indigenous Health Issues
||Health and Human Ecology
||Research in Indigenous Health
||Indigenous Community Development: Theory & Practice
||Community Health: Theory, Research and Practice
plus at least 12 credit points to be selected from
||Introduction to Aboriginal Australia
||Aboriginal History Since Invasion
||Indigenous Theories of De-Colonisation
|or other subjects approved by the Head of Department
Completion of the TAFE Advanced Diploma is linked to the Aboriginal
Health Worker Award.