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Culture and determinants of health underpin numerous barriers to health care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. This series of modules begins by exploring the concept of cultural competence and the unique determinants of health for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Two modules then refer specifically to aboriginal child health, reviewing developmental problems and common diseases of poverty and illnesses. The final two modules take on an adult medicine focus and examine lifestyle factors and prevention and management of chronic diseases such as chronic respiratory disease, cardiovascular disease and chronic kidney disease.

Note: Complete this resource if you have not already started the old Indigenous Child and Adult Health resource. Please continue your progress and complete the old resource if you are already enrolled in it.

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Cultural Competence Cultural Safety Cultural Bias Indigenous Culture Wellbeing Colonisation Health Inequities Discrimination Cultural Barriers Indigenous Children Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Otitis Media Rheumatic Heart Disease Chronic Disease Obesity Nicotine Addiction

Format: Each module consists of online reading materials, statistics and case studies. There are multiple-choice, true/false and short answer questions throughout the module to assist with your learning.


1. Considering Cultural Competency (55 mins)
2. Determinants of Health (1 hour)
3. Worrying Developments (30 mins)
4. What’s up, Doc? (40 mins)
5. Modifying Chronic Disease Risk (40 mins)
6. Chronic Disease Prevention and Management (30 mins)


Dr Megan Phelps, FRACP (University of Sydney)
Dr Elizabeth Bannister, FRACP
Dr Luke Burchill, FRACP
Dr Stephen Brady, FRACP
Dr Emma Spencer, FRACP
Dr Matthew Pitman (Advanced Trainee)
Dr Herath Gunathilake (Advanced Trainee)
Dr Nicole Gaffney (Advanced Trainee)
Dr Rebecca Nelson (Advanced Trainee) 
Dr Aabha Kalro (Advanced Trainee) 
Dr John Gunn (Advanced Trainee)

Version: 2
Release Date: February, 2014 Revised Date: November, 2018