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.

Education
Through our University Department 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.

Research

  • 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.

Watch the video below to learn more!

For full course information including course structure and entry requirements  click below:

Learn more

Download the PDF brochure

Our students - Meet Chanoa

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

Annual  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 Ngar-wu Wanyarra Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Conference

The Department of Rural Health at the University of Melbourne delivered a successful 7th Annual Ngar-Wu Wanyarra Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Conference on Wednesday 12 October. Held for the first time at the University of Melbourne Shepparton campus on Yorta Yorta Country, over 300 guests attended the event both in-person and online.

Read the full event overview below:

Event overview

Contact Information

Email: aboriginal-health@unimelb.edu.au

Phone:  +61 3 5823 4512