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Indigenous Community Health

Bachelor of Applied Science (Indigenous Community Health) - BAppSc(Curtin) - B-INDCHL Centre for Aboriginal Studies
Indicative ATAR Not applicable Indicative TER (ATAR) - This figure provides an indication of the TER (ATAR) normally required to enter this course. It is provided as a guide only.
Location Bentley
Study method Full-time
Study mode On-campus
Intake February or July

Available by block release only. You are required to attend four two-week study blocks on campus a year.

Duration 3 years full-time

Course overview

Skilled Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers are in great demand. If you are already working in a health-related position, this course will increase your knowledge and skills to perform more effectively. You can learn the skills required to provide an alternative, inclusive approach to health management that acknowledges Indigenous healing practices.

This course also aims to empower you to become a role model for positive change in Indigenous health. You will learn how to achieve this through the application of Indigenous knowledge, primary healthcare, health promotion, community development concepts and practice, and project development, implementation and evaluation.

The program is community-based to allow you to develop your skills in a community setting. Many of our students already work in the Aboriginal health industry and complete most of their study in the workplace. This course has a common first year, followed by the stream of your choice.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for Australian and New Zealand students

Indicative TER (ATAR) Indicative TER (ATAR) - This figure provides an indication of the TER (ATAR) normally required to enter this course. It is provided as a guide only.

Not applicable

STAT entry STAT entry - The Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) assesses competencies considered important for success at uni. These tests are provided by the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC) to help mature age candidates apply for certain courses.

Not accepted

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Mature age entry

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Other requirements

Students who are interested in joining this course need to come along to an admissions and information workshop. At this workshop you will sit an admissions test, have an interview with staff and find out more information about the course. For more information about entry requirements, please go to


Available by block release only. You are required to attend four two-week study blocks on campus a year.


Fees for Australian and New Zealand students

Year Student type Cost
2017 Commonwealth supported What is a Commonwealth supported place (CSP)? - A CSP is subsidised by the Australian Government. They pay part of the course fees directly to Curtin and then the student pays the remainder. The student can defer this fee to their HECS-HELP loan.

All Australian students studying an undergraduate degree are automatically awarded a Commonwealth supported place.

Learn more about CSPs and whether you're eligible by visiting the Australian Government's StudyAssist website.

Fees are indicative first year only.

*The indicative first-year fee is calculated on 200 credit points, which is the typical full-time study load per year, however some courses require additional study to be completed, in which case the fee will be higher than that shown.

This fee is a guide only. It may vary depending on the units you choose and do not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks - visit other fees and charges for more information. For more information on fees and to determine your eligibility for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP, please visit fee basics or the Study Assist website

If you're not an Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen, please see information for international students.

Career opportunities

This course can help you become a:

  • Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander Health Worker

Why Indigenous Community Health?

  • Be empowered to help ‘close the gap': Indigenous Australians currently have a life expectancy almost 20 years lower than other Australians.
  • More Indigenous professionals are needed in the health industry to work within their communities and provide holistic health care frameworks.
  • You will be able to promote and apply indigenous knowledge and methods of working to health care.
  • You'll develop culturally appropriate health project and health education skills in the broad areas of Indigenous Terms of Reference, primary health care, health promotion, project management, policy processes, community management and program evaluation.