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Undergraduate

Indigenous Community Health Major

Indigenous Community Health Major (BAppSc) - BAppSc (Indigenous Prof Prac) - MJRU-INCHL Centre for Aboriginal Studies
STAT entry N/A 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.
Location Bentley
Study method Full-time
Study mode On-campus
Intake February

Block study mode. The block mode of education helps you remain in your community and get a quality education by combining distance education with intensive blocks of study at the Centre for Aboriginal Studies in Perth.

Duration 3 years

Course overview

More Indigenous professionals are needed in the health and community management and development industries to work within their communities to provide holistic healthcare frameworks.

This course aims to empower you to become a role model for positive change in Indigenous health or community development, and take leadership roles in the formulation and implementation of programs.

 

The course covers:

  • application of principles and practices of Aboriginal Terms of References
  • primary healthcare practices
  • health promotion
  • community development
  • program management and evaluation.

High achieving students may complete an additional honours year enabling them to undertake their own significant research project.

Admission criteria

Admission criteria for Australian and New Zealand students

English language proficiency

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are as outlined in the IELTS table below. Additional information on how you can meet the English requirement can be found on the English proficiency page.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing N/A
Speaking N/A
Reading N/A
Listening N/A
Overall band score N/A

Applicants with recent secondary education (within the past two years) Applicants with recent secondary education are those whose admission is primarily based on the completion of Year 12 within the last two years, but also includes those who may have completed their senior secondary studies with a TAFE or other VET provider within the same time frame. This includes applicants whose secondary education was undertaken interstate or overseas.

  • Minimum ATAR: N/A This figure refers to the ATAR level below which an application will not be considered. This is not a guarantee of admission.
  • Requirement to pass an interview? Yes.

Other admission options
  • Recipients of the John Curtin Undergraduate Scholarship will receive an early offer to study this course. See if you're eligible for this scholarship.
  • If you're an indigenous applicant who hasn't met Curtin's minimum admissions criteria, the Centre for Aboriginal Studies offers bridging courses that are tailored to help you gain entry into this course.

Applicants with higher education study Applicants with higher education study are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a higher education course, whether at a university or non-university provider.

  • Curtin offers a variety of bridging courses to help you meet the admission criteria for this course. Find out more about our bridging courses.
  • Honours admission criteria:

    Graduates may qualify for entry into a bachelor degree with honours and some graduate certificates, graduate diplomas and master degrees.

Curtin course switcher criteria

Admission into this course is only available to applicants of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent. 

To switch into this course, you need to attend the admissions and information workshop, where you will sit an admissions test and will be required to have an interview.

Other higher education course switcher criteria

Admission into this course is only available to applicants of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent. 

To switch into this course from another higher education course, you need to attend the admissions and information workshop, where you will sit an admissions test and will be required to have an interview.

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a VET course. This includes study at a public TAFE or other VET provider, whether a qualification was completed or not. Applicants with VET study may have other qualifications such as a Year 10 or Year 12 secondary school certificate.

  • Minimum ATAR: N/A This figure refers to the ATAR level below which an application will not be considered. This is not a guarantee of admission.

Applicants with work and life experience Applicants with work and life experience are those who left secondary education more than two years ago (i.e. who are not classified as recent secondary education applicants) and have not undertaken vocational education training (VET) or higher education study since then.

'Experience' includes a combination of factors sufficient to demonstrate readiness for higher education such as mature-age entry, professional experience whether completion of the Special Tertiary Admission Test (STAT) is required or not, community involvement or work experience. Applicants may have undertaken non-formal programs that have helped prepare them for tertiary education or are relevant to the proposed higher education field of study.

  • Minimum ATAR: N/A This figure refers to the ATAR level below which an application will not be considered. This is not a guarantee of admission.

Other requirements and notes for this course

This course is for prospective students of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent.

Students who are interested in joining this course need to come along to an admissions and information workshop usually held each October - December in Perth and another interstate location. Contact the Centre for Aboriginal Studies for specific dates and locations. At this workshop you will sit an admissions test, have an interview with CAS staff and find out more information about the course.

Block study mode. The block mode of education helps you remain in your community and get a quality education by combining distance education with intensive blocks of study at the Centre for Aboriginal Studies in Perth.

In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.

Fees

Fees for Australian and New Zealand students

Year Student type Cost
2018 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 (referred to as the "student contribution amount"). 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. A limited number of Commonwealth supported places are also available for some postgraduate courses.

Learn more about CSPs and whether you're eligible by visiting the Australian Government's StudyAssist website.
$6,800*

Fees are indicative first year only and are subject to passage of legislation.

*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:

  • Health Promotion Officer
  • Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander Health Worker

Why Indigenous Community Health Major?

  • This course is designed to provide students with the skills and knowledge needed to empower and strengthen the well-being of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities through a holistic, multi-disciplinary approach that encompasses Indigenous healing traditions.
  • 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.
  • You will be able to promote and apply Indigenous knowledge and methods of working to healthcare.
  • You'll develop culturally appropriate health education skills in the broad areas of Indigenous Terms of Reference, project management, policy process and community management.
  • 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.

Student profile

View our student profile table to get an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students at Curtin University. This table provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and passed the census date in the most relevant recent intake period for which data are available. It includes those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia.