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Bachelor of Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing

About this course

The Bachelor of Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing prepares students to work as Aboriginal health practitioners in diverse Aboriginal health and counselling contexts.

The course is specifically designed to build students’ theoretical and practical capacity in discipline areas relevant to Aboriginal health practitioners. An inter-disciplinary focus provides students with skills and practices relevant to a variety of professional contexts where cultural competence is required to service individuals, families and community groups.

Career opportunities

As an Aboriginal health practitioners in a wide range of health facilities and clinics in urban, rural and remote areas, particularly where culturally competent counselling skills are required in working with Indigenous clients.

Professional recognition

This course is accredited with the Australian Counselling Association (ACA) for the Narrative Counselling major. The University is seeking professional accreditation from the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker Association (NATSIHWA) and the Australian Indigenous Psychologists Association (AIPA).

Professional placement

Students will undertake supervised on-the-job training as part of the course to gain professional experience. Placements can take place in a range of health facilities and clinics, and particularly those which provide services to Indigenous Australians.

Major areas of study

Majors include:

  • Aboriginal Health Care

The course can be studied without a major and includes a selection of units in areas that are relevant to Indigenous health and wellbeing.

Distance education students attend compulsory residential workshops at Lismore campus for some units.

Assessment methods

Assessment items vary for each unit and may include essays, research reports, case analyses, and assessment of competence during the professional placement.

Teaching methods

On-campus students experience a variety of teaching approaches including face-to-face lectures and tutorials. Some units offer online activities, classes, pre-recorded and/or live lectures. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.

The distance education study option is highly interactive and strives to promote collaboration and a sense of community. Students may receive online pre-recorded and/or live lectures, electronic study materials, workshops, online discussion forums and virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.

Advanced standing

Your previous learning experiences relevant to one or more units in this course may help you reduce the duration of your degree.

  • Recognition of formal and non-formal learning
    Credit may be awarded to a student for formal learning (gained through full or partial achievement of an accredited qualification or course) or non-formal learning (that takes place through a non-accredited course or program of learning) completed at Southern Cross University or in other learning settings in Australia and/or overseas.
  • Recognition of informal learning
    Credit may be awarded on the basis of current informal learning (that takes place through work, social, family or leisure activities).

To help you identify how much credit you may receive for your related prior learning visit SCU Pathways.

An application for advanced standing must be submitted so we can assess your prior learning. Please apply for advanced standing at the same time as you apply for admission into this course, because the amount of credit awarded will determine the sequence of units you will study.

 Go to course structure to see if specific advanced standing rules also apply to this course.

Learning support

Learning resources

MySCU is a student's point of entry to a range of online services and resources that support study and student life. The portal includes unit learning sites and information sites where students can access resources, communication tools and useful links that are integral to their studies.

The web-based study environment Blackboard Learn delivers an advanced online learning environment for students and lecturers to communicate and collaborate through virtual meeting spaces, classrooms, and discussion boards. They can share files, presentations and applications. If a tutorial or lecture is recorded, students can view it afterwards.

Learning materials include the provision of unit information guides, study guides and readings. Students may need to purchase or access prescribed text books.

The SCU Library provides a wide range of services that include face-to-face and online help, and access to print and electronic resources. To find out more, see the Library Toolbox.

The Academic Skills team supports student learning by offering online and on-campus academic skills workshops, email, phone, and one-on-one support.

Equipment and facilities

Southern Cross University provides students with modern well equipped teaching spaces such as lecture theatres, classrooms, and studios or laboratories tailored to meet the needs of specific study disciplines. Contemporary audiovisual equipment is standard in most teaching venues, and students have access to computer labs for individual study purposes.

Course structure

See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.

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Course requirements

  1. To be eligible for the award of Bachelor of Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing a candidate shall successfully complete not less than twenty-four (24) units (288 credit points) comprising:
    1. all units in Part A; and
    2. either one (1) Part B Major, or one (1) University-wide Major
  2. To be eligible for the award of Associate Degree of Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing a candidate shall successfully complete not less than sixteen (16) units (192 credit points) comprising:
    1. all units in Part A; or
    2. any twelve (12) units in Part A and either: any four (4) units in a Part B Major, or any four (4) units in a University-wide Major
  3. A candidate who, while enrolled for the Bachelor of Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing, has completed the requirements for the Associate Degree of Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing may elect to be awarded the Associate Degree of Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing following withdrawal from the Bachelor degree.
  4. To be eligible for the award of Diploma of Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing a candidate shall successfully complete not less than eight (8) units (96 credit points) comprising:
    1. any eight (8) units in Part A; or
    2. any six (6) units in Part A and either: any two (2) units in a Part B Major, or any two (2) units in a University-wide Major
  5. A candidate who, while enrolled in the Bachelor or Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing, has completed the requirements for the Diploma of Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing may elect to be awarded the Diploma of Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing following withdrawal from candidature for the Bachelor degree.

Schedule of units

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How to apply

Domestic students

International students

Confirm you meet the entry requirements including English language and academic entry and any specific pre-requisites.

Southern Cross University accepts applications directly through the International Application for Admissions form.

Additional information on how to apply is available at SCU International. Please note applicants from some countries need to go through an Education Agent.

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