Aboriginal Health

The Department of Rural Health has a strong commitment to, and is actively involved in, education and research in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health.

Through our University Deaprtment of Rural Health program we provide opportunities and support for Aboriginal people to complete the following courses:

UDRH Graduation

In partnership with the Academy of Sport, Health and Education (ASHE) we also support students studying Bachelor and Diploma of Nursing programs at GOTAFE and La Trobe University in the Goulburn Valley.

The UDRH provides Aboriginal cultural competency training for non-Indigenous students and holds successful events including the annual Ngar-wu Wanyarra Aboriginal Health Conference.


  • Culturally inclusive health care
  • Maternal and Child Health
  • Aboriginal health policy
  • Creating a wealthy community

Specialist Certificate in Empowering Health in Aboriginal Communities (SC-EHAC)

Recognising and drawing on their work experience in health and community development, this unique course provides pathways to tertiary education for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Australians who live and work in their community. The Specialist Certificate in Empowering Health in Aboriginal Communities introduces students to health related knowledges from critical social science and Aboriginal cultural perspectives. It will specifically examine the integration, overlap, and disjuncture of Aboriginal knowledges and Western knowledges of health in which Aboriginal health services operate (focus of the first subject). Students are supported in the application of this learning to undertake a project within an Aboriginal community or organisation, allowing students to study and work in their communities for the development of both (undertaken as part of the second subject).

In undertaking this course, students will gain advanced understanding of how both Aboriginal and Western knowledges can be applied to the field of health in rural communities as well as community development and project management skills.

Learn more

To enquire about the  2023 course intake or for any general questions contact us at aboriginal-health@unimelb.edu.au

The  Annual Ngar-wu Wanyarra Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Health Conference

The annual Ngar-wu Wanyarra Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Conference is delivered by The University of Melbourne, Department of Rural Health and is in its 7th year running. It exists to facilitate the exchange of information on key issues in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ health and well being through the delivery of high impact keynote addresses by national leaders from within the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

2022 - 7th Annual Event