Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Health

Objective

This assignment relates to learning Objectives: 5 and 7 as identified in the course specification. To achieve this students are required to: Critically analyse Indigenous social and emotional wellbeing and examine how Aboriginal Medical Services are underpinned by Primary Health Care principles

Assessment Task

This assignment requires students to examine the Indigenous definitions of social and emotional wellbeing of Indigenous Australians as opposed to a Western definition of mental health.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, prefer the terminology ‘social and emotional wellbeing’, rather than ‘mental health’ due to its more positive and holistic connotations. From an Aboriginal perspective holistic health and social and emotional well-being complement each other. For the purposes of this assignment you need to discuss the following:

a) Describe the differences between an Aboriginal concept of social and emotional wellbeing (SEWB) as opposed to the term mental health.

b) Describe when and how Aboriginal Medical Services evolved and how they align with the principles of primary health care as outlined by the World Health Organisation.

c) Describe how social and emotional wellbeing is applied in an Aboriginal Community Controlled Health service today.